Licensing Manager / Licensing Associate –Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group

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In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry.

More than two centuries later, this vision is thriving. Across Grounds – and throughout the world – UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good.

UVA is a comprehensive public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Home to 13 schools, UVA is consistently rated among the top public universities and a university “best values” in the United States. During the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020, the University reported $650 MM in research expenditures.

The UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG) manages intellectual property and technology commercialization for UVA’s research portfolio. Its mission is to maximize the intellectual, societal, and economic impact of UVA discoveries via commercialization to enrich and improve lives for the University, the Commonwealth and the world. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, LVG solicited and/or received 172 invention disclosures from UVA faculty, staff, and students; executed 92 commercial transactions; prosecuted to issuance 44 U.S. patents; launched four new ventures; and invested $1.2MM from the LVG Seed Fund.

Licensing Manager / Licensing Associate –Engineering & Physical Sciences Duties & Responsibilities:

As a member of the licensing team, the Licensing Manager/Licensing Associate – Engineering and Physical Sciences will support the Director of Licensing (and other senior licensing professionals) in invention disclosure solicitation, legal and technical due diligence, patent preparation and prosecution, business development, license agreement drafting and negotiation. The Licensing Manager/Associate will also establish relationships with University of Virginia (“UVA”) faculty inventors to support a wide range of activities to contribute to the overall success of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group.

Reporting to the Director of Licensing, essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support the Director of Licensing (and other senior licensing professionals) in all functional areas; including such tasks as:
    • Solicit new invention disclosures from faculty, staff and students at the University of Virginia;
    • Perform technical, commercial and legal due diligence, including prior art searching, market analyses and commercial pre-marketing;
    • Make recommendations regarding the appropriateness and scope of intellectual property protection;
    • Draft and negotiate non-disclosure agreements, option/evaluation licenses, non-exclusive licenses, exclusive licenses, etc.;
    • Serve as the primary customer service and faculty liaison to select University departments, centers, programs and partnerships;
    • Manage scientific, legal and patent interns as designated by the Director of Licensing;
    • Actively participate in University, local and regional events/activities promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property awareness; and
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Licensing.


The salary for this role is $90-125,000. UVA Licensing & Ventures Group offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings account, life insurance, paid leave, and wellness activities.

Here is the University of Virginia Licensing Manager / Licensing Associate Engineering and Physical Sciences Position Specification with further details.

Licensing Manager / Licensing Associate –Engineering & Physical Sciences Applicants

University of Virginia 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 and any questions to:

Lisa Rooney, Recruiter
(740) 251-7390

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The University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, handicap or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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