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Licensing Associate

Office of Research Los Angeles, California

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Licensing Associate.

The USC Stevens Center is a university-wide resource in the office of the Provost whose mission is to help USC innovators make maximum impact with their ideas. As part of this role, the USC Stevens Center manages the university’s intellectual property portfolio stemming from USC’s approximately $700 million in annual research expenditures, and manages related patenting, technology marketing, licensing, and new venture development activity aimed at transitioning university innovations into commercial applications for the benefit of society. Licensing Associates play a key role in supporting these efforts.

The best candidates will have an advanced degree in the physical sciences, a passion for commercializing emerging technologies in a variety of fields, including engineering, materials, chemistry, social and creative works, amongst others, very strong organization and communication skills, and a desire to learn and grow. Prior licensing and/or technology assessment experience is preferred but not required. This position provides an opportunity for an entrepreneurial-minded physical science graduate to play an active and critical role as new technologies go from idea to market. This opportunity will allow you to contribute to new approaches in innovation management and licensing within an already bold and forward-thinking academic institution!

Job Accountabilities:

  • In this role you will manage a portfolio of University-owned physical sciences, and/or creative works inventions and support intellectual property development, protection, marketing and licensing. You will interact with faculty and researchers and learn about exciting new technologies in the areas of physical sciences, computer science, engineering, arts, cinema and social works. Specifically, you will have the following responsibilities:
  • Assist with the assessment of inventions and identification of commercial applications through research and analysis of markets, competitive technologies, prior art, and patent landscape
  • Manage a portfolio of university inventions
  • Identify potential commercial applications and business partners for university inventions Market university inventions through multiple channels to prospects capable of bringing the inventions to market
  • Negotiate and complete non-complex licenses and related agreements, including development of business terms and overseeing internal diligence procedures prior to agreement signing
  • Assist in the management of complex intellectual property portfolios;
  • Coordinate efforts on a wide range of activities with other USC Stevens staff members, university researchers, business partners, law firms, and others; tracking activities in databases and ensuring that information is up to date
  • Train and supervise interns
  • Contribute to ongoing process improvement to enable the USC Stevens Center to deliver high quality, professional service to a growing base of inventors and business partners

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree  in a Physical Sciences field


  • 1-3 years of experience in a corporate or university technology transfer and business development setting
  • Experience with startups and new product development
  • Ability to gather information and perform research utilizing databases and other online sources
  • Experience directly relevant to evaluating the market potential of early-stage inventions in physical science industries, and identifying commercial potential
  • Understanding of the patent prosecution process
  • Highly self-motivated with outstanding organization and time management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and complete projects on a timely basis, working both independently and as part of a team
  • Eager to take ownership of projects
  • Requires a high level of attention to detail
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to convey technical concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with collaborators
  • Customer service oriented
  • Demonstrated perseverance and problem-solving skills

Field of Expertise:

  • Knowledge of patent and contract law
  • Business Development experience


USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free professional development online courses; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick-up services; discounts to football, basketball and other campus events.

Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) Resume (including telephone and e-mail address).

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree Minimum Experience : 2 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Bachelor's degree in science or engineering. Two years sales, marketing, contract, patent, or licensing experience. Requires an understanding of the research and technology development process.

REQ20103475 Posted Date: 08/17/2021

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