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Licensing Specialist

University of Georgia
retirement plan
United States, Georgia, Athens
May 13, 2024
Posting Details
Posting Details

Posting Number S11949P
Working Title Licensing Specialist
Department VPR-Innovation Gateway
About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
About the College/Unit/Department
College/Unit/Department website
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time Full Time
Work Schedule
Additional Schedule Information
Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date 04/16/2024
Open until filled Yes
Closing Date
Proposed Starting Date 06/03/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants
Location of Vacancy Athens Area
EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).
USG Core Values Statement
The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/#p8.2.18_personnel_conduct.

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section6/C2653.
Position Information

Classification Title Research Professional AD
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.00
Minimum Qualifications
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.
Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree in science, plus 0-2+ years of years of relevant technology transfer experience in either industry or academia.
Position Summary
The University of Georgia seeks an innovative Licensing Specialist with primary responsibility for evaluating invention disclosures, conducting market landscape analysis, and developing marketing materials. This position is within Innovation Gateway, UGA's commercialization program in the Office of Research, which encompasses the University's intellectual property licensing and startup support functions to ensure that research discoveries reach their full potential for public benefit. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, detail-oriented self-starter who is ready to assume a prominent role within a successful technology transfer oce.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills
  • Ability to manage a fast-paced workflow and efficiently prioritize tasks
  • Exceptional customer service approach which engenders confidence and trust among faculty and industry partners
  • Ability to develop technology marketing materials and to identify marketing strategies suitable for a given invention
  • Ability to function as one member of a diverse team including associated partners
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

Physical Demands
  • Sitting at a computer for long periods of time.
Is driving a responsibility of this position? No
Is this a Position of Trust? No
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No
Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.
Background Investigation Policy
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.

  • Responsible for evaluating new inventions across a wide spectrum of disciplines and completing technology evaluation reports which involves:

    • Prior art searching
    • Review of IP Protection options
    • Market/IP landscape analysis

Percentage of time 35

  • Maximize the commercial potential of technologies by developing a commercialization plan which includes market research, authoring and publishing marketing materials, and identifying potential licensees.
Percentage of time 30

  • Coordinate with Postdoctoral Licensing Fellows on technology evaluation, market research, drafting marketing materials, and other IP-related projects.
Percentage of time 15

  • Partner with Licensing Managers to contribute to the management and licensing of university intellectual property in various stages of development
Percentage of time 10


  • Participate in relevant Innovation Gateway, UGA and other state/local events.
  • Attend conferences (e.g. AUTM) and participate in other outreach or professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned

Percentage of time 10