Career Opportunities

The MIT Technology Licensing Office mission is to move innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT's global impact. We cultivate an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence and bridge connections from MIT's research community to industry and startups by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

If you want an exciting career that will allow you to have a direct impact on the transfer of MIT technology, please consider our current openings. Please direct all inquiries and applications for any open positions to the MIT job portal and note where you learned about the job ( 

Technology Licensing Officer - Physical Sciences and Engineering - #17198

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING OFFICER, PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERINGTechnology Licensing Office (TLO), to represent MIT in the Boston/Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem in the heart of Kendall Square in a position that embodies a unique overlap of technology, business, and law.  Will work with MIT’s brightest scientists and engineers to advance the development of groundbreaking technologies by fostering strategic relationships with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and industry partners.  Responsibilities include assessing commercial potential of new technologies, managing a broad intellectual property portfolio, developing and implementing strategies for the marketing and licensing of technologies to commercialization partners, and negotiating license and collaborative research agreements. 


A bachelor’s degree (advanced degree strongly preferred) in physics or engineering, including research experience; a minimum of seven years’ relevant experience involving technology development and commercialization or business development; strong acumen in the optical or communications industries; ability to interact with a wide range of people including faculty, students, industry executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and venture capitalists; exceptional oral and written communication skills; fluency in English; a talent for negotiation; ability to diagnose complex business, interpersonal, and interorganizational issues and deal with ambiguity. Seek a highly motivated self-starter who can juggle many assignments at once.

Please apply to the position using job #17198 through the MIT career portal at April 8, 2019

Senior Intellectual Property Paralegal - #17315

SENIOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PARALEGAL - Technology Licensing Office (TLO), to support the management of patent prosecution within the Technology Licensing Office. Will work closely with the intellectual property officer to develop and implement tools, processes, and strategies to support the work of TLO licensing colleagues in order to ensure the appropriate protection of MIT’s intellectual assets. Will also have significant input on best practices for patent portfolio management; be responsible for data integrity within the current patent database and assist with the conversion to a custom-developed patent management database; and work closely with colleagues in the TLO with respect to patent matters and correspond with outside counsel on patent filings and case transfers. The position involves interacting with the TLO staff and the MIT community at large.


Bachelor’s degree; at least five years of administrative assistant experience in a legal/patent environment; solid understanding of the entire patent application and prosecution process, including current knowledge of United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rules and practices; experience working with patent databases and computerized docketing systems such as CPI; self-motivation; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to assess large quantities of information, anticipate issues, and make effective decisions; proficiency with Microsoft Office and knowledge of database programs (Microsoft Access); ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and perform multiple job responsibilities under pressure; ability to work independently and as part of a team; and exceptional command of the English language.  Paralegal certificate with specialty in intellectual property/patents preferred.

Please apply to the position using job #17315 through the MIT career portal at Posted April 11, 2019

Technology Licensing Associate - #17285

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING ASSOCIATE - Technology Licensing Office (TLO), to be responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and drafting material transfer agreements (MTAs) for researchers interested in obtaining research tools from companies and academic research institutions. Will support an associate technology licensing officer and act as a liaison between MIT researchers and the material providers to facilitate the transfer of materials in order to enable research at MIT.  Responsibilities also include management of the MTA database and administration of MTAs and related processes. 


BA or BS degree in the life sciences or biomedical fields; proficiency in the use and maintenance of databases; detail and deadline orientation; excellent organizational, priority-setting, and verbal and written communication skills; good judgment; and ability to manage multiple tasks and to quickly communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly. Should be comfortable working independently and using own judgment to solve nuanced problems while working in a collaborative office. Some research and/or business experience and familiarity with material transfer agreements or other contracts would be a plus, as would negotiation experience. 

Please apply to the position using job #17285 through the MIT career portal at April 2, 2019