Technology Development Manager

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


SING Polsky Center - Intellectual Property & Tech Development

About the Department

The Polsky Center brings the power of ideas in the laboratory, classroom, and community to the world. The Polsky Center houses the University of Chicago’s technology transfer unit, which manages all University-based intellectual property originating from faculty research and discoveries that can be licensed to industry partners and investors. In addition, through education, resources, and programs, the Polsky Center commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs a top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge; operates a 34,000 square-foot, multi-disciplinary co-working space called the Polsky Exchange; manages the George Shultz Innovation Fund that invests in early-stage ventures; and offers a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab for prototyping new products.

Job Summary

As an integral part of the University of Chicago Polsky Center’s Science and Technology team, the Technology Development Manager develops and manages strong relationships with faculty across the University. The Manager actively solicits and evaluates inventions and software arising from University research for intellectual property protection and commercial potential, prioritizing projects according to commercial opportunities and revenue requirements. Technology Development Managers are responsible for a diverse portfolio of technologies and work in a growing team of patent, contract, business development, and entrepreneurship specialists to protect and license inventions to existing companies and startups. New hires are expected to develop strong relationships with inventors, legal counsel, prospective and current licensees, and Polsky Center colleagues to promote the mission of the University of Chicago and its Polsky Center to catalyze ideas into impact.
This position develops and implements program related to identification, investigation, and negotiation of licensing opportunities for permission to use intellectual property rights, including trademarks, patents or technology. Solves unique and complex problems related to the transfer and use of intellectual property. Provides specialized expertise to faculty to transform ideas and discoveries into patents, licenses, products, services, and ventures.


  • Promotes the mission and business of the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center through the development of strong relationships with inventors (mainly faculty members), legal counsel, prospective and actual licensees, and Polsky Center colleagues.
  • Screens inventions; evaluates and decides which inventions and software to pursue.
  • Works as part of a team to manage patent prosecution for selected inventions.
  • Works with Science and Technology market intelligence team members to develop and execute marketing plans for inventions and software.
  • Works with Science and Technology business development team members to negotiate and execute intellectual property licenses and other agreements, such as confidentiality and material transfer agreements, as well as those between research institutions.
  • Works with Operations data management and compliance team members on data collection, reporting, and compliance related to invention disclosures, patents, and agreements.
  • Keeps up-to-date on the latest regulations related to technology transfer compliance.
  • Develops intellectual portfolio patenting, licensing, and commercialization activities. Interprets patent issues and reviews patent prosecution for selected inventions.
  • Uses depth and breadth of knowledge to promote the mission and business of the department through developing strong relationships with inventors, legal counsel, prospective and actual licensees, and colleagues.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in chemistry, materials science, physics, biology, computer science, bioengineering, molecular engineering, chemical engineering or related discipline.


  • Experience with technology transfer and commercialization, including internship or fellowship programs, in university or industry setting.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of intellectual property.
  • Proficiency with computers.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent customer service and relationship skills, particularly with academic faculty members.
  • Outstanding organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communications.
  • Attention to detail with clear understanding of how to prioritize workload appropriately.
  • Excellent analytical and computational skills.
  • Work well under pressure and manage multi-task projects.
  • Work independently with a high degree of initiative.
  • Work effectively within a team.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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