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 (http://careers.mit.edu). 

Administrative Assistant II - #16366

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Technology Licensing Office (TLO), to perform complex, diverse administrative duties for the senior associate director and four technology licensing officers in a fast-paced office where attention to detail and accuracy are paramount. Duties include compiling, proofreading, and formatting license agreements, amendments, options, nondisclosure agreements, and correspondence from rough drafts; compiling license agreement status reports; creating/maintaining officers’ correspondence, financial, and licensee files; preparing travel arrangements and managing expense reports/reimbursements; scheduling meetings and conference calls; performing Internet searches to provide background information on individuals meeting with licensing staff; coordinating agendas for visitors, including logistics, travel, and hotel arrangements; scheduling catering for meetings and providing event planning management for meetings and conferences; developing/maintaining databases, mailing lists, and case summaries; acting as liaison between inventors, licensees, and licensing officers; preparing and disseminating information packages to inventors outlining the basics of intellectual property and case management; responding to inventor questions regarding the management of their cases; preparing ad hoc reports; assisting with presentations, special delegation visits, and other miscellaneous requests.

Job Requirements

High school diploma or its equivalent; at least three years’ related secretarial/office/administrative experience; excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; attention to detail; flexibility; ability to work independently and in a team-oriented setting; and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook; and willingness to take on new projects and learn new skills as needed. Must be able to prioritize projects; meet the demands of multiple, concurrent staff requests; and anticipate and initiate actions ensuring follow-through in the patenting, marketing, and licensing of Institute inventions. Knowledge of MIT or technology transfer helpful. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Please apply to the position using job #16366 through the MIT career portal at http://careers.mit.edu. Posted July 30, 2018

Technology Licensing Associate - #16185

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING ASSOCIATE, Technology Licensing Office (TLO), to join TLO’s life sciences team. TLO manages MIT’s intellectual property through filing and prosecuting a varied patent portfolios and transfers this technology across the world through licensing to companies. The Technology Licensing Associate (TLA) will support technology licensing officers by assist in drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements including confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, joint invention agreements, and license agreements; and establish and maintain the entries for technologies in a comprehensive intellectual property, contractual, and financial database and communicate this information to teams inside and outside of the TLO. Incumbent will be exposed to major areas of technology licensing, working closely with leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and patent attorneys; and have the opportunity to evaluate and explore commercial opportunities for MIT technologies. The TLO provides continuous learning opportunities with regular presentations from experts on technology development, licensing, patent prosecution and entrepreneurship.

Job Requirements

B.A. or B.S. degree in the life sciences or biomedical field, excellent organizational and priority setting skills, good judgment, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to quickly communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly, and proficiency with Microsoft Office and database software. Seek a detail- and deadline-oriented self-starter who enjoys working both independently and in a collaborative setting and thrives in an environment that encourages strategic thinking. At least one year of experience in university or corporate technology transfer would be a plus. Basic understanding of the patenting process and experience reading technology-focused contracts is highly desirable.

Please apply to the position using job #16185 through the MIT career portal at http://careers.mit.edu. Posted June 20, 2018

Technology Licensing Officer - #16182

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING OFFICER, Technology Licensing Office (TLO), to work with MIT’s brightest scientists and engineers and help translate their ingenuity and ideas to advance the development of new technologies entering the market through technology licensing. Incumbent will facilitate the formation of startup companies to license MIT IP by fostering strategic relationships with MIT innovation programs, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry partners. Will focus on software, information, and communication technologies developed at MIT including aspects of AI and machine learning algorithms, digital data, e-health, robotics, and more. Responsibilities include managing a vast intellectual property portfolio; assessing/evaluating new technologies; developing and implementing strategies for the marketing and licensing of technologies to commercialization partners; negotiating and authoring license, amendments, and other relevant agreements; and supporting post-license activity. This technology transfer position embodies a unique overlap of technology, business, and law within the Boston/Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem in the heart of Kendall Square.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree with research experience preferred but not required) in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or related area; at least seven years’ relevant experience in a commercial role involving software product development and commercialization or business development in an applied field such as enterprise software, e-health, robotics, telecom, or related technical area; ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people including faculty, students, industry executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and venture capitalists; exceptional verbal and written communication skills; fluency in English; track record of negotiation; ability to grasp and diagnose complex business, technical, interpersonal, and interorganizational issues and work concurrent issues through to completion; self-motivation; and ability to juggle many assignments simultaneously while working within a tight-knit team. Solid knowledge of the software business development life cycle for either the robotics, data tech, cyber, AI, digital health, mobile, or networking communications industries is desirable.

Please apply to the position using job #16182 through the MIT career portal at http://careers.mit.edu. Posted June 19, 2018

Intellectual Property Officer - #15710

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICER, Technology Licensing Office (TLO), to work closely with TLO colleagues and lead the strategic management of MIT’s vast patent portfolio (~2,600 issued and ~1,500 pending U.S. patents and over 350 new U.S. patent applications annually). Will work closely with licensing colleagues to ensure the appropriate protection of MIT’s intellectual assets and assist colleagues who disseminate MIT technology to companies through licensing and collaborative research agreements. Will provide thought leadership on best practices for filing, prosecution, and maintenaince decisions as well as guidance for patent group on procedures for correspondence within the TLO and external law firms. In addition, this role will evaluate and recommend optimized protocols for patent database management, evaulating both off-the-shelf and customized solutions. Responsibilities include acting as relationship manager with patent law firms hired to prosecute MIT’s patents, working closely with inventors and technology licensing officers working in a wide range of technology areas to provide guidance on prosecution strategy, managing four administrative staff, developing IP-centric seminars and workshops for internal staff and MIT community, and playing a key leadership role in developing and implementing strategies for improving the quality and value of MIT’s IP assets. This position embodies a unique overlap of technology, business, and law and affords the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s brightest scientists and engineers.

Job Requirements

B.S. in science or engineering; registered patent agent (USPTO); extensive, up-to-date knowledge of patenting processes, rules, procedures, and practices surrounding U.S. and foreign patent prosecution; broad range of patent-related experience, including significant experience in invention evaluation, strategic patent portfolio management, and drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications; significant experience managing docketing, billing, budgets, etc., as part of a legal operation; excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills; diplomacy and collaborative approach to developing and maintaining effective working relationships; and experience managing teams and successfully leading and implementing change in a vibrant working environment. A law degree and/or advanced degree (MSc, PhD) preferred. In-house experience in a university environment a plus.

Please apply to the position using job #15710 through the MIT career portal at http://careers.mit.edu. Posted February 22, 2018