Leads the Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation and oversees
the technology transfer activities at the University of Houston;
promotes the generation of Intellectual Property (IP), manages the
University's extensive IP portfolio, licenses IP to existing
companies and startups, supports the formation of startups, and the
eventual commercialization of technology.
- Increase the Commercialization of UH IP: Establish and maintain
a technology transfer process to ensure optimal monetization of the
IP portfolio. This includes preparation of marketing plans,
valuation, and negotiating/executing licenses and options.
- Increase Industry Sponsored Research: Build relationships with
and serve as a primary point of contact with potential industrial
partners, including the protection of UH IP through involvement in
research contracts with industry. Provide input to the Office of
Contracts and Grants (OCG) on business and IP terms prior to OCG
executing industry sponsored research agreements.
- Ensure effective operation and stewardship of UH IP assets:
Convene the Faculty Senate appointed IP Committee for
recommendation and approval of IP, oversee management of the UH
patent portfolio (300+ patents) and selection of outside counsel
for patent prosecution (approximately $2m/yr spend).
- Increase the number of UH startups: Provide guidance and
mentoring to faculty and student start-ups that are part of the
innovation enterprise. This includes providing training and
ensuring an effective interface with the Wolff Center for
- Ensure effective operation of the innovation ecosystem at ERP.
This includes marketing the facilities/capabilities, sub-leasing
space in ERP 4 and ERP 5 to external companies, developing a suite
of incubation capabilities (ex: accounting and legal advice)
available to startups, and helping identify funding
- Increase the Generation of IP: Develop patent portfolios and
intellectual property with faculty, research staff, and students,
and provide early stage feedback on potential licensing
- Perform other duties as required.
Additional Job Posting Information:
- Energy, Healthcare and Digital Ecosystems familiarity and
experience is preferred
- Manage IP processes and portfolios to ensure best practices are
- Fostering and engaging collaborative efforts with internal and
- Manages the Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation staff
and serves as liaison for the department.
- Department is willing to accept education in lieu of
Education: Requires application of advanced principles, techniques
and theory in a professional discipline or a thorough general
business management knowledge of more than one professional
disciplines. Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained
through a directly job-related Master's degree or equivalent formal
training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly
related to the type of work being performed.Experience: Requires a
minimum of ten (10) years of directly job-related experience.
Notes to Applicant:
Salary commensurate based on candidate's
education and experience.