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Technology Commercialization Fellow

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
November 05, 2023
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Acad Prof and Admin
About the Job


Tech Comm offers a unique opportunity for those with an advanced degree who are interested in technology commercialization, intellectual property and business development to gain valuable experience in technology transfer, marketing and licensing. The Technology Commercialization Fellow will work closely with Technology Portfolio Managers, Technology Licensing Officers and Corporate Research Partnerships team to evaluate, market and license technologies as well as facilitate corporate research partnerships. The position will gain experience in all aspects of technology transfer. The position will provide tuition benefits and the flexibility to pursue an MBA, if of interest while working full-time. The position is a 12-month appointment, annually renewable for a maximum of three years.


Invention Evaluation

* Meet with inventors to discuss their research and potential inventions
* Assess the protectability and commercial potential of new inventions
* Assist in developing & presenting recommendations for IP protection decisions


* Maintain marketing and licensing website.
* Produce content for the marketing and licensing website.
* Respond to inquiries from licensees and potential licensees in a timely manner.
* Facilitate technology listings and marketing via third-party platforms.
* Promote available technologies to potential licensees.
* Work with Licensing Officers to develop and execute marketing campaigns. Develop a robust active marketing process including contact management and technology categorization system.
* Assess and support new marketing tools such as social media, podcasts, videos, etc.


* Assist with the execution and management of licenses or other related agreements.
* Gather market intelligence (e.g. market size, competition, regulatory requirements) and develop the business case for select technologies.
* Collect "Voice of Customer" feedback on specific technologies.

Corporate Research Partnerships

* Identify faculty, researchers, technologies, and startups that align with company interests.
* Promote industry funding opportunities to faculty and researchers.
* Assist with the development of workshops, information guides and other resources (e.g. website) for researchers.
* Facilitate company-researcher meetings.

Other Duties as Assigned

Similar to others in the Licensing, Strategy and Venture groups, the Technology Commercialization Fellow may be requested or volunteer to be involved in other projects or temporary assignments. Examples include but are not limited to:

* Participate in technology project teams and support of technology commercialization programs (e.g. MnBridge gap funding)
* Benchmarking activities
* Attendance at trade shows and conferences
* Documentation of processes, best practices and standard operating procedures
* Present at entrepreneurial seminars for faculty and graduate students.

Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000

This position has the flexibility to work up to four days remotely with one day in the office per week after the training period (Profile 3). You may also be required to attend on-site meetings and events. The Technology Commercialization office management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.



* Graduate or professional degree (PhD, DDS, DVM, MD, JD or equivalent)
* BS degree in physical sciences, engineering, or technology
* Understanding of the academic research environment


* Strong verbal and written communication skills
* Demonstrated teamwork, collaboration, and partnering skills
* Demonstrated experience explaining technical topics to a lay person and/or audience
* Demonstrated ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects

About the Department

The Technology Commercialization Fellow position is part of the Technology Commercialization (Tech Comm) office at the University of Minnesota. We help University research move beyond the lab and into the marketplace. Our mission includes:

* Connecting researchers with companies
* Licensing technology for the development of new products and services that benefit the public good
* Fostering economic growth
* Generating revenue that supports the University's research and education goals

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Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

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How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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