Licensing Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Please note: this job has already been filled by Gardner Innovation Search Partners.

Situated on a beautiful 400-acre, tree-lined campus located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a national and global leader. As a top ten public university, multiple Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate programs in technology, engineering and business are ranked best in class. Its extensive research activities address real world challenges and provide solutions that improve quality of life for all.

With over $1 billion in sponsored research activity, Georgia Tech is a recognized leader in research, and is one of the South’s largest industrial and engineering research agencies, playing a leading role in the Georgia Research Alliance, a centerpiece of the state’s economic development strategy which expands university research capacity, seeding and shaping startup companies around inventions and discoveries. 

Georgia Tech is an engineering research powerhouse.

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Licensing Associate Job Duties

The Licensing Associate is responsible for assisting Georgia Tech researchers to ensure appropriate protection of intellectual property, innovations, and discoveries, while striving for commercialization of innovations. This position will interact on a regular basis with: Faculty and staff. This position typically will advise and counsel: Faculty and staff. This position will supervise: N/A.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Job Duty 1

  • Review, research, and assess new discoveries and innovations for commercial value, patentability, marketability, and technical understanding.

Job Duty 2

  • Identify, investigate, and analyze potential licensing opportunities to achieve growth and financial profitability, in accordance with university objectives and strategic plans.

Job Duty 3

  • Assist in negotiating and drafting NDA¿s, MTAs, and non-exclusive contracts.
  • Responsibilities typically include managing simple projects working under supervision.
  • Projects faced are basic and don’t require extensive experience.

Job Duty 4

  • Assist legal counsel in seeking patent protection for Georgia Tech inventions and managing patent prosecution activities.

Job Duty 5

  • Under supervision, manage relationships with faculty, provide feedback and guidance to faculty regarding inventions and discoveries, assist faculty in navigating the patent process.

Job Duty 6

  • Actively market innovations to potential industry partners and participate in other business development activities.

Job Duty 7

  • Participate in professional development and training opportunities.

Job Duty 8

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Position Details

Job position specifications & more info

  • Salary: $61,000-$83,000, commensurate with experience
  • Position can be remote with a presence on campus at least once per month
  • Visas will not be considered for this position

Licensing Associate Qualifications

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life or Physical Sciences or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Experience:

  • 0-1 year of job related experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) or Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP)
  • Master’s degree in Life or Physical Sciences
  • Two or more years of job-related experience. Internship at technology transfer office


  • Strong ability to successfully manage a moderate sized portfolio of less complex but diverse technologies and carry simple projects concurrently through to completion.
  • Ability to draft and negotiate simple agreements, under supervision, for non-exclusive licenses, transfer materials and non-confidential disclosures; demonstrated ability or ability to efficiently learn how to interact effectively and productively with faculty.


  • Knowledge researching technology markets, working with faculty and students in the evaluation of early-stage technologies, and a basic understanding of intellectual property and contract law.


  • Expert in written and verbal communication, analytical thinking, people management, problem solving, customer service, organization, strong attention to detail, interpersonal relationship building, problem-solving, and creativity skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products.

Licensing Associate II/Senior Licensing Associate Applicants

Interested in Applying?

Georgia Tech has exclusively retained Gardner Innovation Search Partners to manage this search. Gardner Innovation Search Partners is the top technology transfer recruiter in the world, and is committed to presenting a diverse slate of candidates who possess the skills, expertise, and enthusiasm to thrive in this role.

Interested applicants should send their resume along with any questions to:

Lisa Rooney, Recruiter
(740) 251-7390

Glen Gardner, Recruiter
(614) 354-8400

Tom Sweetman, Recruiter
(614) 563-2389

Gardner Innovation Search Partners is committed to diversity in both people and ideas. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion here:

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.

Other Information

Three Letters of Reference and a College Transcript will be required of the final candidate.