Technology Licensing Officer, Physical Science – Auburn University

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The IP Exchange at Auburn University connects university research with the commercial marketplace. They help researchers protect their intellectual property in the marketplace and help users leverage that technology across multiple industries.

The IPX Team has decades of experience in translating technology to industry, from working with researchers and faculty to patent lawyers and entrepreneurs.

Between FY 2014 and FY 2020, Auburn received:

  • 452 invention disclosures
  • 115 US patents issued
  • Executed 101 exclusive license and option agreements
  • Formed 13 start-up companies
  • Received over $11,700,000 in licensing revenue

Position Details

  • Salary range: $79,000-$143,000
  • Work environment: On site, must reside locally.
  • Visa: Not available

Technology Licensing Officer, Physical Science Job Duties

Reporting to the Director of Commercialization in the Intellectual Property Exchange (IPX), the

Technology Licensing Officer identifies technologies with commercial applications, and evaluates them for commercial potential, patentability and freedom to operate.

Duties include:

  • Identifies and assesses new technology commercialization opportunities arising from Auburn to include, evaluating the commercial potential by identifying new uses, market segments, market size, and competing technologies using personal knowledge of emerging technology, information from experts, and on-line databases.
  • Synthesizes relevant information, performs and initiates technical background and commercial market research. Makes recommendations on marketing and licensing strategies for technologies in the AU portfolio.
  • Prepares non-confidential descriptions of technologies, and markets technologies to identify potential licensing opportunities and alternative applications.
  • Assists with the development of intellectual property protection strategies including patenting when appropriate. Manages on- going patent prosecution with outside patent counsel to assure the patent strategy is followed; expenses are controlled; and patent, copyright, trademark, and other IP rights are appropriately protected.
  • Interfaces with inventors as patent claims are prosecuted.
  • Analyzes the impact of proposed and allowed patent claims on the commercialization opportunity.
  • Manages and maintains on-going relationships with licensees, monitors the diligence of licensee towards commercializing the licensed technology, negotiates license amendments as needed, and addresses matters of contract compliance to ensure compliance with IPX and AU procedures and policies.
  • Develops positive relationships with inventors with the intention of identifying attractive AU technologies for licensing to start-up or established companies. Engages with companies to determine their needs and identifies applicable AU technologies for licensing and/or potential AU researchers to perform industry- sponsored research.
  • Offers guidance to research faculty on important research and technology innovation needs sought by industry and government entities as well as trends in specific fields of research.
  • Provides feedback and suggestions to principal investigators on their extramural proposals with the goal of increasing such proposals’ competitiveness especially with regards to creating innovative scientific and technical solutions.
  • Educates stakeholders about the commercialization of research process. Advises University inventors and potential industry licensees regarding University intellectual property policies and related technology commercialization issues.

Technology Licensing Officer, Physical Science Qualifications

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor degree in a physical science field.
  • Certified Licensing Professional or Registered Technology Transfer Professional is desired.


3 years or more of demonstrated experience in the following areas:

Minimum Required Knowledge

  • Relevant knowledge of sciences or experience working with scientists across various disciplines (preference to physical sciences, life sciences, agriculture sciences, high-tech, engineering or advanced materials).
  • Research techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of marketing, commercialization strategies and deal structuring.
  • Technical analysis, technical writing; and basic intellectual property (IP) protection procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience in drafting and negotiating minor business contracts including technology option and license agreements.

About Auburn, Alabama

Auburn is a gem in the heart of the South brimming with Southern charm and sophistication. Known as the “Loveliest Village on the Plains,” Auburn is a vibrant city that boasts an exceptional quality of life, diverse cultural experiences, and a perfect balance of small-town feel and progressive urban energy. Learn more about Auburn here.

Rich in history and tradition, Auburn is home to Auburn University, one of the country’s leading land-grant universities known for its high standard of education and spirited college football culture. But Auburn is not just about academics and athletics. It’s an economic powerhouse with a thriving job market supported by sectors like manufacturing, education, and healthcare. This dynamic city features a unique blend of boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, and nature preserves that provide an array of activities for all ages and interests. Explore Auburn today and discover why it’s a perfect place to build a career and a fulfilling life. Check out Auburn’s attractions here.

Technology Licensing Officer, Physical Science Applicants

Interested in Applying?

Auburn University 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

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