Join the Office of Research Team

The Office of Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is expanding its operation to support our growing campus research portfolio. We are mobilizing our research development, innovation and entrepreneurship growth strategy through a deliberate action plan that will help expand our intellectual property portfolio and bring it to market utilization and public benefit. To that end, we are seeking skilled professionals who have passion for supporting world-class research at a leading academic institution.

Here’s a list of our current openings:

  1. Director of Licensing and Industry Agreements
  2. Research Development Specialist (Multiple Positions) 

Director of Licensing and Industry Agreements

Job #: 1807895
Posted: 04-15-2018
Initial Review Date: 05-06-2018

Involves advising on intellectual property (IP) rights protection, business startup and other technology transfer related issues. Evaluates the commercial potential of research results, obtains and manages the appropriate IP rights protection, markets inventions and software, and / or biological / tangible materials; drafts and negotiates, and manages IP licenses and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and advises on IP terms in research and collaboration agreements. Supports companies who wish to sponsor research and / or license technologies. Facilitates administration of federal and state laws regarding research, conflict of interest, IP, contracts and employment. Works with outside patent attorneys to file patent applications.

Under the supervision of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research (IATC), the Director of Licensing & Industry Agreements will develop and manage an IP licensing program that enhances research and technology transfer opportunities, fosters partnerships around services and support, and promotes collaborations that are mutually beneficial to both industry and the University. The Director will manage the full spectrum of IP licensing transactions and will be responsible for establishing, managing and strengthening IP-related agreements between UCSC and our industry stakeholders. The Director will work closely with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) with regard to intellectual property licensing matters and with various campus units for related matters. The Director will be the primary signing authority for all UCSC licensing contracts and agreements.

The Director of Licensing must be adaptable, dynamic, enthusiastic, energetic and ready to do what the task requires to ensure UCSC meets and exceeds the expectations of its stakeholders. Must be a business professional experienced in the development and negotiation of contractual agreements, a strategic thinker and self-driven, has significant experience negotiating and drafting legal agreements, and has a strong understanding of the fundamentals of patent and copyright law. This position would be of interest to someone who wishes to work in contract development and administration at a not-for-profit, technology commercialization organization and be involved in a complex, dynamic and diverse environment.

Having wide-ranging experience, uses intellectual property / technology licensing / transfer concepts and organization objectives to resolve the most complex issues with organization-wide impact. Works on the most complex issues with little or no precedent where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Internal and external contacts often pertain to organization plans and objectives. Is considered a subject matter expert in the organization and often recognized as an expert externally in the intellectual property / technology transfer industry.

The office of Industry Alliances & Technology Commercialization (IATC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) is part of the Office of Research. We are responsible for the administration and management of intellectual property (IP), licensing and commercialization. Our mission is to build a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture to accelerate the adoption of UCSC inventions, cultivate sustainable strategic partnerships, and enable our campus to be an innovation powerhouse delivering social and economic benefits to our local and global communities.  

For a full job description and/or to apply, click here (Job #1807895)

Research Development Specialist (Research Grant Program Officer III) — Multiple Positions

Job #: 1707034
Posted: 03/20/2017

Involves oversight and coordination of research grant programs, including program development, planning and evaluation, peer review and applicant relations, grant application and award management, and synthesis and dissemination of research findings.

The Research Development (RD) Specialist participates in campus-wide research development activities conducted by the USCS's Office of Research. Research Development Specialists help position UCSC for emerging opportunities and work as a team to provide consistent support for UCSC researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). UCSC's research development activities include complex large-scale multidisciplinary/multi-institutional initiatives, strategic opportunities, training grants, and discipline-specific extramural funding opportunities. Research Development Specialists will serve as liaisons to one of UCSC's academic Divisions (e.g. Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci), School of Engineering (SOE), Social Sciences (SocSci), or Arts) and collaborate across Divisions, depending on the scope and context of extramural funding opportunities. Division-specific activities will reflect divisional priorities and scope and may include outreach to divisional faculty, scouting of extramural opportunities relevant to divisional faculty, proposal planning and coordination, and representing the division in ORD meetings and strategic planning. The Specialist may develop specific expertise in opportunity management or aspects of proposal production including planning, management plans, broader impacts, and communications. The ideal candidate will have: a strong research background, fluency and enthusiasm for research development, and knowledge of the academic funding enterprise. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, self-motivated individuals with excellent skills in project management, grant and technical writing, data analytics and visualization, and document production. Expertise in developing and maintaining on-line resources and data management is also sought. Specialists must have an advanced degree and direct experience in writing competitive research proposals relevant to the scope of the UCSC research portfolio.

UCSC's Office of Research Development (ORD), established in 2016, is a new unit in the Office of Research. The mission of ORD is to catalyze the UCSC research enterprise with an emphasis on responsiveness to research opportunities, emerging opportunities, and providing consistent support for UCSC researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). ORD staff collaborate on developing resources to streamline proposal development, promoting cross-campus research communications and collaborations, helping to facilitate collaborations with other institutions, conducting workshops and training, developing research portfolio analytics, and implementing metrics for tracking/optimizing success. ORD staff work directly with UCSC's Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) to enhance the quality, timeliness, and competitiveness of UCSC's submittals.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Supports Division-specific research development in Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci), School of Engineering (SOE), Social Sciences (SocSci), or Arts. Percent of time allocated to Divisional responsibilities may vary from 20 to 50%.
  • Provides guidance, assistance, schedules, feedback, and hands-on support to the UCSC research community (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students) in developing competitive extramural research proposals that include early career, interdisciplinary projects and programs, large-scale centers of excellence, educational and training grants.
  • Prepares and reviews proposal inputs including biosketches, current-and-pending support summaries, facility descriptions, prepare letters of support and PI waiver letters, manage milestones and deadlines, and assist with progress reports.
  • Contributes to literature reviews and fact-checking in support of complex research proposals. Helps coordinate workshops and training activities, research-networking events, write-a-thons, and other outreach activities.
  • Works with team members to develop and maintain resource repositories, analytics, and metrics relevant to proposal development and outreach. Percent of time allocated to this function may vary from 5-15% across different academic disciplines.
  • Develops online resources and databases for research development. Percent of time allocated to this function may vary from 5-15% across different academic disciplines.
  • Conducts pro-active outreach to UCSC's research community on strategic extramural funding opportunities. Percent of time allocated to this function may vary from 5-15% across different academic disciplines.
  • Maintains currency in disciplinary and research fields through professional development activities such as research, teaching, conferences, and publishing.

 Professional Qualifications:

  • PhD in relevant field and / or equivalent combination of experience / training.
  • Academic background, experience, and currency in selected disciplinary research area.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams.
  • Proven program planning and management of projects.
  • Strong ability to be well-organized with the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Excellent skills in grant and technical writing.
  • Direct experience writing competitive research proposals relevant to the scope of the UCSC research portfolio.
  • Excellent skills in data analytics and visualization.
  • Excellent skills in document production.
  • Expertise in developing and maintaining on-line resources and data management.
  • Preferred Qualifications / Competencies: Ability to analyze and present information for different end-users.

To apply, click here (Job #1707034)