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The Office of Technology Transfer & Commercialization (OTTC) at South Dakota State University is seeking an Associate Technology Commercialization Manager to join the commercialization team. This self-guided, self-starting professional will work closely with the Assistant Vice President for the OTTC. The Technology Manager will have a strength in interpersonal relationships with the ability to communicate across fields of technology; communicate and facilitate communication between academic, businesses, legal, government, and entrepreneurial sectors.  SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

General responsibilities include the outreach to industry and other potential partners, the development of licensing strategies, and the negotiation of business terms and license agreements. The Technology Manager will have a deep understanding of a technology’s developmental and marketing needs, the needed intellectual property strategy, and will develop and maintain productive relationships with faculty inventors and corporate representatives to build a pipeline of disclosures and licenses.

Responsibilities of the Associate Technology Commercialization Manager include, but are not limited to:
– Develop and manage strong relationships with student, post-doc and faculty inventors as well as prospective inventors across all disciplines, but with a special focus on the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, and software in order to grow the university’s technology portfolio;
– Provide guidance to faculty on topics such as technology commercialization, disclosing inventions, screening and evaluation, intellectual property, licensing, and so forth;
– Develop marketing strategies and plans for commercialization of intellectual property including evaluating and screening disclosures for potential value in market chains, patentability, and return on investment potential;
– Identify potential licensees, develop plans for contacting licensees and make initial contacts while managing a portfolio of technologies;
– Oversee active licenses to ensure compliance with terms;
– Manage patent preparation and prosecution.

– Bachelor’s degree;
– Ability to communicate effectively with both faculty and external stakeholders through discussions, presentations, reporting, negotiations, and various forms of documents;
– Effective oral and written communication skills;

– Experience with marketing new technologies; technical training or experience in engineering field and/or pharmacy;
– Experience working in a technology transfer setting or with the evaluation of new technologies;
– A terminal degree in a scientific discipline, J.D., and/or M.B.A.

Commensurate with qualifications.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 10, 2016.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form.  The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with the electronic application process.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact James Doolittle at (605) 688-6696 or

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