Berkeley Lab has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Chief Technology Transfer Officer and Department Head of the Intellectual Property Office. Reporting to the Deputy Lab Director for Research, the Chief Technology Transfer Officer is responsible for initiating a wide range of business strategies and objectives to support the transition of Lab-developed technologies for the benefit of society and the U.S. economy. This position will play a vital role in overseeing the Lab’s technology transfer activities, including invention and software disclosures, patents, licensing partnerships, and commercialization programs funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and others.
What You Will Do:
Provide overall leadership and management of the Intellectual Property Office, including planning, organizing, and coordinating and/or leading a broad range of program initiatives executed by licensing executives, marketing professionals, program managers, finance professionals, and administrative support personnel.
Develop and implement a vision, strategy, and plan to grow Berkeley Lab’s Intellectual Property portfolio in alignment with the Lab’s strategic plan.
Serve as the Lab’s strategic leader to drive process improvement and operational efficiency in all aspects of Intellectual Property Office operations. Lead the effort to develop/improve internal policy, procedures, and creative vehicles to enhance and improve technology transfer.
Collaborate with the Strategic Partnerships Office and Legal Counsel to ensure efficient and timely execution of agreements.
Manage Intellectual Property Office department budget, staffing, and planning activities; foster an inclusive and collaborative environment within the department; and provide mentorship and leadership to the team, including ensuring well-defined performance expectations and clear developmental and career goals.
Represent Berkeley Lab to senior-level executives in corporations, managers in federal and state agencies, as well as on University of California (UC) and DOE groups related to technology transfer. Establish and maintain strong working relationships and partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders on critical technology transfer issues.
What is Required:
Advanced degree in science, engineering, law, and/or relevant business disciplines with a minimum of 15 years of applicable experience; or an equivalent combination of education and significant experience managing technology transfer and intellectual property initiatives for a research university, national laboratory, or highly technological private sector organization.
Demonstrated experience managing a variety of technology transfer programs; ability to independently apply advanced knowledge of technology transfer principles and practices to design, develop and implement programs and provide leadership toward delivery of complex initiatives; ability to work with both internal research divisions and external stakeholders as a driving force to create win-win, Lab-to-market scenarios.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency in forging relationships with and executing intellectual property licensing to entrepreneurs, commercial firms and industrial consortia as a member of a technology transfer team.
Significant experience and demonstrated skills in managing intellectual property and technology transfer relationships with the business community on behalf of a university, national laboratory or other research/technology entity.
Highly sophisticated skills and experience in intellectual strategy development, business systems and databases, planning and change management. Demonstrated ability to keep abreast of emerging industry trends and advancements and effectively incorporate new and creative strategies into existing programs for continuous program improvement and in support of the organization’s objectives.
Knowledge and applied managerial experience in program planning, budgeting, staffing, and performance management. Excellent organizational and financial analytical skills, including market analyses and due diligence of market potential.
Excellent political acumen and demonstrated strong interpersonal and relationship building capabilities, including the ability to develop and maintain valuable and collaborative working relationships and effectively communicate with the widest variety of key internal and external stakeholders, including government officials, senior leadership, division management, researchers, and industry contacts.
Ability to effectively manage a team and foster a culture of professionalism, inclusion and collaboration in the department.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
The Chief Technology Transfer Officer is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL, http://www.lbl.gov/) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.