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IP & Licensing Associate

Location US-WI
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The Organization

WiSys helps researchers and innovators from the statewide 11 four-year comprehensive campuses identify innovative technologies and bring them to the marketplace. To achieve this, last year alone WiSys awarded over $600,000 in grant funds across the UW system. This led to 64 innovations disclosed to WiSys and 12 patents issued. WiSys also coordinates several annual events geared toward innovation, research, and enhancing the student experience. To learn more about WiSys, please visit http://wisys.org/

The Opportunity

The WiSys IP & Licensing Associate is responsible for evaluating the viability of UW – System faculty research projects and identifying opportunities for WiSys to help with technology commercialization. This position plays a key role in enhancing the vital connection between WiSys and researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs on University of Wisconsin – System Campuses.


We have two current openings. One position will serve the Southern Wisconsin Region (UW-La Crosse, UW-Platteville, UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater) and the other will serve the Western Wisconsin Region (UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW- Superior).


Ideally, this individual’s primary office would be located in the region they serve, and they will visit their four regional campuses on a regular basis. Occasional travel to WiSys’ headquarters located in Madison, Wisconsin will also be required.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Identifying the potential economic and commercialization value of faculty projects through evaluating the benefits of new scientific technologies, analyzing the financial potential of new scientific and technical innovations and presenting a compelling business proposition to companies.
  • Educating university faculty, staff, and students about IP Law, technical licensing, and WiSys technology transfer programs including developing seminars, communicating agreement and funding guidelines and process to advance research projects
  • Collaborating with University of Wisconsin – System offices of sponsored programs to identify faculty, staff, students and projects with potential for WiSys-supported technology transfer.
  • Organizing and supporting new student innovation programs on campus.
  • Supervising student ambassadors to support WiSys programs and activities on campus.
  • Negotiating and drafting legal terms within confidentiality, material transfer, standstill, option, and licensing agreements to support technology transfer.
  • Negotiating and drafting cooperative research and development agreements between businesses with university research personnel to support entrepreneurship and innovation within the Wisconsin economy.


We are seeking candidates with the proven ability to converse with university researchers and non-scientific staff on scientific and technical matters in a variety of disciplines; expertise in evaluating, analyzing and recommending research projects and business plans; and strong presentation and facilitation skills. Experience in a scientific/academic environment or with technology transfer, licensing, contracts or new ventures is preferred. A bachelor’s degree in a scientific, technical or legal field is required. An advanced technical, law, or business degree or equivalent experience is advantageous. Travel is required.


To apply:

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume as one document via the 'Apply for this job online' button.


WiSys supports and promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment, and offers competitive salary and benefits.


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