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Licensing Associate

Apply now Job no: 508446
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Provost’s Office

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

The Center for Research Innovation (CRI) at Northeastern University is seeking a self-motivated individual with experience in technology transfer and demonstrated success in technology commercialization to join its team as a Licensing Associate.


As part of the commercialization team, this position will report to the CRI Director and coordinate closely with the Director, Venture Technologies and the Assistant Director IP and Contract Counsel, as well as other office staff and focus on maximizing the impact and value derived from the university’s life sciences technology portfolio.

The Licensing Associate will leverage their specific industry expertise to foster and deepen key relationships and communication with university researchers and work to advance the development and commercialization of ground-breaking technologies by fostering strategic relationships with industry partners. As a liaison to industry resources, the Licensing Associate will have a high-service mentality, continually developing and effectively communicating a working knowledge of Northeastern’s capabilities.

Responsibilities include managing a vast intellectual property portfolio; assessing/evaluating the commercialization potential of new technologies; developing and implementing strategies for the marketing and licensing of technologies to commercialization partners; negotiating options, licenses, amendments, and other relevant agreements; and supporting post-license activity. This position requires a highly motivated and professional individual. A combined strategic and execution-oriented mindset will be most successful in this role.


• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required, with major studies in the biological sciences and three years of business
development or research experience; PhD preferred
• 4+ years of experience and proven track record in key functional areas in a university or company setting: technology transfer, licensing and
deal structuring
• Proven track record of creating and maintaining successful partnerships with external organization
• Demonstrated expertise in negotiating, drafting, and executing high value deals
• Proven track record of successful strategic planning and implementation of new programs and change management
• Must be coachable and possess a track record of professionalism and experience in multi-tasking and managing projects
• Candidates must have outstanding writing and communication skills to present ideas in an
understandable technical and non-technical manner
• Given the nature and responsibilities of the position, only U.S. persons (any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b(a)(3)) will be considered for this position

Additional Considerations:
• Proven ability to build collaborative partnerships with leaders, campus partners, and external constituents
• Experience in promoting research capabilities
• Broad understanding of industry and investment community trends, and connections to resources
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including grant writing
• Ability to work with a broad range and diverse population of people


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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