The Technology Transfer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides an experiential learning experience for doctorally trained research scientists in opportunity assessment, intellectual property strategy, business intelligence, market analysis, negotiation tactics and agreement review. This training position is open to individuals who are interested in advancing their knowledge of, and experience in, invention and innovation processes, technology transfer, entrepreneurism, and who recognize the value of these skills to improve the economic condition of rural regions and communities. The Postdoctoral Scholar will benefit from experiential, educational and data management opportunities. They include: Experiential (Approximately 80% of the postdoctoral scholar's time) Learn policies, procedures and regulations related to technology transfer practices and intellectual property protection. Scout for and assess innovations for eligibility of ECU resources to develop into potential new products. Manage, organize and support the I-Corps@ECU program. Conduct customer interviews. Identify subject matter experts to facilitate translational research activities. Identify commercialization grant opportunities and provide support to faculty innovators Serve as a campus advocate for innovation and commercialization. Serve as an advocate for promoting rural economies with ECU research and innovation Establish effective networks with internal and external partners, such as consultants, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC), and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Instructional (Approximately 10% of the postdoctoral scholar's time) Provide lectures/seminars to internal and external constituents on innovation, intellectual property, commercialization, and the lean launch method used in the I-Corp program. Data Management (Approximately 10% of the postdoctoral scholar's time) Enter and track information into the data management system. Analyze program activities and prepare reports. Candidates who show a mastery to the above activities will be given the opportunity to gain more advanced skills in agreement negotiation and management. Candidates may also serve as the project lead/manager for special programs. Special programs may include software implementation and oversight, conferences, events, student mentoring and/or other projects supported by the Office of Licensing and Commercialization. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training.
Special Instructions To Application:
To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through PeopleAdmin and attach their CV or resume, cover letter and names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one-year period. Five years (typically five appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at: https://rede.ecu.edu/postdoctoral/
English Proficiency Excellent written and oral communication skills PhD in a STEM discipline Academic publication record
Full time or Part time: Full Time
Position Location (city): Greenville
Position Number: PDS-REDE-12-20
Organizational Unit Overview:
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development and Engagement (REDE) is responsible for research policy and integrity, research administration and contract negotiations across ECU for both the main campus and the health sciences campus. The division directs new intellectual enterprises, including technology transfer. Industry, military and government agency research partnerships and community engagement and economic development activities across the eastern half of North Carolina are also managed by the division. REDE is responsible for the following units under its umbrella: Office of Research Administration, Office of Human Subjects Protections, Office of Research Integrity & Compliance, Office of Research Development, Office of National Security & Industry Initiatives, Office of Economic & Community Engagement, Office of Licensing & Commercialization, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.
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