Posting Category: Managerial, Professional, Specialized
Family and Phase: Specialist/Professional, Phase 2
Employee Group: ASPA
Position Title: Technology Transfer Officer
College / Admin Unit: Office of the Vice-President Research
Department / Section: Industry Liaison Office
Status: Term, maternity leave replacement
Duration: 1 year
Full-Time Equivalency (FTE): 1.0
Salary Range: $45,968 to $57,460 per annum. The salary band maximum is $71,825
COMPETITION NO.: MA6013 (must quote on application)
Posting Date: February 1, 2006
Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
PRIMARY PURPOSE: To build relationships and work closely with professors, staff and graduate students who
are engaged in research to encourage them to submit invention disclosures to the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) for
review; to carry out that review, find commercial partners to move promising inventions into the marketplace and
educate faculty, staff, and students regarding intellectual property.
NATURE OF WORK: Reporting to the Technology Transfer Manager or the Managing Director Industry Liaison,
this position provides outstanding service to faculty, staff, and students in the colleges of Agriculture and
Veterinarian Medicine. Close professional relationships are established with university researchers to understand
their research, identify promising technologies, and educate them regarding intellectual property and the
commercialization process. This position relies upon exceptional collaboration, problem-solving ability and strong
working relationships with various stakeholders and requires close coordination with the ILO Legal Manager and
outside patent agents as well as consulting with a well-established network of contacts in industry to manage the
commercialization of intellectual property. This is a key, highly visible position within ILO that requires the ability to
work under pressure in a fast paced environment, balancing competing deadlines and multiple tasks. The
incumbent is required to work within a team environment as well as independently. This position may be required to
provide some mentoring to Technology Transfer Interns.
Developing close relationships with key researchers, to understand and identify potentially valuable inventions
within their research projects and encourage invention disclosure to the ILO.
You will work closely with the inventors, patent prior art searchers and industry contacts to evaluate the
patentability and commercial potential of these inventions making recommendations to the team Manager, the
Managing Director and the IP Review Committee regarding further ILO investment.
In collaboration with the Manager or Director you will develop and execute a marketing strategy and
complementary patenting strategy for promising inventions. You will work with external patent agents, the
inventor and others to execute these strategies.
You will complete the commercialization cycle by marketing and licensing these U of S inventions to industry
using your industry contacts and your negotiating skills.
You will provide service to faculty, staff and students by organizing and participating in IP educational seminars
and by advising faculty on the use and need for confidential disclosure and material transfer agreements and
by negotiating these on their behalf as needed.
You will provide advice and assistance to the Office of Research Services regarding IP issues as they pertain
to specific research contracts being negotiated by their Contracts Group.
Education: Honours B.Sc. in the Agriculture, Plant or Animal Sciences is required and an M.Sc. or Ph.D. or MBA
would be advantageous, along with some business experience demonstrating knowledge and understanding of
academic and industry environments.
Experience: The ideal candidate will have research experience in industry/university/government lab setting, along
with at least three years of technology transfer experience in an academic, industry or government setting.
Demonstrated experience in building relationships between different constituencies and negotiating complex legal
agreements are also required.
Skills: Proven ability to work independently and as a team member; excellent interpersonal, communication,
organizational and analytical skills; demonstrates sound judgment and tact; highly motivated and self-directed;
excellent problem analysis and problem solving skills; and contemporary computer skills including interaction with
an IP database such as DEALS or Inteum C/S. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to work
with academic researchers, evaluate patentability and commercial potential of new inventions and to direct patent
agents through all phases of the patenting process.