SDSU Research Foundation

Licensing Associate

Req No.
Full-Time Central Staff
$4,853.33/month - $7,791.67/month
Dept/Proj Name
SDSURF - Technology Transfer


SDSU generates more than $100 million per year in research grants over all disciplines. The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) has been operating for 22 years for the purpose of protecting and commercializing intellectual property developed by SDSU faculty and staff. The TTO provides expertise to all of campus for intellectual property issues while remaining focused on its goal of commercializing research-based intellectual property for public benefit. 


The purpose of this position is to evaluate, manage the protection of and help to advance to commercialization innovations that result from SDSU’s research endeavor.



The Licensing Associate is responsible for but not limited to:


Business Development, Marketing and Licensing (50%)

  • Seek contacts and set-up meetings to license IP including working with faculty inventors to identify potential licensees
  • Prepare and coach faculty inventors to present their technologies
  • Manage follow-up during the licensing process
  • Value potential licenses
  • Assist with reviewing and drafting other types of agreements including material transfer, sponsored research, inter-institutional, nondisclosure, and license agreements as needed
  • Draft marketing materials summarizing SDSURF’s technologies available for licensing and disseminate materials to potential licensees
  • Assist in the management of the Technology Transfer Office website and social media presence
  • Liaise with industry, investors and other collaborators
  • Provide training to nascent faculty innovators in evidence-based entrepreneurship and development of problem-solution fit in their research
  • Provide support for SDSU’s new Pilot Innovation Fund, which invests in advancing faculty innovations to advance them toward commercial readiness.


Intellectual Property Evaluation and Management (40%)

  • Guide faculty through submission of intellectual property disclosures
  • Evaluate research-based innovations and technologies by performing preliminary patentability searches and conducting analysis of commercial potential
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies for disclosed technologies
  • Work with regional partner organizations to advance SDSU technologies
  • Provide back-up on intellectual property issues and other TTO aspects when the Director is absent/unavailable

Other (10%)

  • Collaborate with departments and centers throughout SDSU to improve the quality and visibility of SDSU’s faculty-centered innovation and entrepreneurship programs.
  • Input and manage intellectual property disclosures and related information through an online database system (Inteum)
  • Other duties as assigned


Core Knowledge and Abilities

  • Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Ability as a team player who seeks, and effectively uses instruction and advice from professional colleagues
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers and technical staff to secure intellectual property rights and facilitate commercial advancement
  • Highly motivated self-starter, with a high energy level and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently, follow through on assignments and complete tasks thoroughly and accurately with deadlines and frequent interruptions and to adapt to and prioritize due to sudden shifts in work assignments.
  • A high level of cross-cultural sensitivity
  • An understanding of intellectual property, especially patent prosecution
  • Ability to market/sell into diverse hi-tech companies across a broad number of industries
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, peers, academics, and others, including external parties
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to analyze scientific and technical information, and to communicate such information to a variety of audiences
  • A desire to learn the complexities of patent, copyright and contract law
  • Ability to conduct cold calling and/or provide talks at industry events
  • Ability to travel on a limited basis


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field or additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.
  • Four-years of related experience; two of which in a progressively responsible supervisory or management role.

 Preferred Experience/Education

  • An advanced degree, such as a J.D., M.B.A., or Ph.D.
  • Two years of experience or more in a technology transfer or business development role
  • Experience in developing university-industry partnerships
  • Intellectual property expertise/working knowledge in patent law.


  • The COVID-19 vaccine is required by the CSU for all SDSU Research Foundation employees as a condition of employment.   Should you be offered a position, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination status.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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