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Assistant Director, Engineering & devices-OTC

Duke University
Durham County, NC
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Occupational Summary

Assist in directing and facilitating the development, commercialization and transfer to practical uses of engineering and device (including medical) technologies originating from research and development at Duke University in a manner consistent with University policies and values; provide oversight to all University functions, activities and units that participate in the technology transfer process.

The Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC) is responsible for patents, technology licenses and new venture development for software, engineering, life sciences, devices and other inventions at Duke University. Through direct, daily interaction with faculty, small and large businesses, and venture investors, we build strong relationships and enter into agreements to translate academic discoveries into commercial products that benefit society, impact public health, and improve the quality of life.

Work Performed

Encourage and evaluate technology disclosures for patentability and licensing potential.

Create marketing and licensing strategies that maximize technology commercialization potential.

Market technologies to potential licensees.

Oversee the filing and management of patent applications.

Negotiate, draft, and implement license, option, non-disclosure, and other technology agreements under the supervision of the Managing Director, Licensing & Strategic Initiatives.

Work with other members of the OTC team to further the goals and objectives of technology transfer at the University.

Manage ongoing relationship with licensees and license compliance.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Desired Skills:

Graduate degree in engineering/physical sciences with experience with devices (including medical) and other engineering technologies preferred.

Excellent interpersonal skills; written and verbal communication skills; ability to interact effectively in both academic and corporate cultures; ability to interact with scientists, research sponsors, industry representatives and patent attorneys; ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines; business experience in negotiations, contracts, and new technology commercialization; highly self-motivated professional with exceptional sales, marketing and negotiating skills; experience in evaluating the commercial potential of early stage technology, and to effectively communicate the commercialization vision; detail oriented with ability to work on multiple projects at the same time; knowledge of intellectual property law and licensing practices; high degree of energy and enthusiasm. .

Minimum Qualifications


Work generally requires a Masters or higher degree in biological/life sciences, or engineering/physical sciences or computing sciences/information technology.


Work requires five years of experience in successfully commercializing technology in an academic technology transfer office or in industry in a directly related specialty field.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Nearest Major Market: Durham

Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh
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