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Research and Technology Partnerships Manager
Job ID #: 12382 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Management Division: Directorate
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

Please note that all JSA/Jefferson Lab employees are required to be vaccinated against
COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination
verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized
exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.

POSITION POSTED:  November 2, 2021

SALARY RANGE:  SSA (133,900 - 200,900)

What Your Job Will Be Like

The Research and Technology Partnerships Manager oversees the technology transfer and partnerships mission of Jefferson Science Associates LLC (JSA), the Management and Operations contractor for the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF).

The Research and Technology Partnerships Manager reports to the Laboratory Director and provides leadership of the technology transfer, industry engagement, partnership development and related funding mission of the Laboratory.  Oversees Laboratory efforts to identify, and secure intellectual property while developing strategic partnerships that ultimately benefit the Laboratory, its sponsors, and society.   Explores and develops research and development opportunities from federal and non-federal sources and relationships with regional entities to solve problems of joint interest.  Interfaces with the DOE and other Laboratories on technology transfer matters.   

Your Role Will:

  • Develop and implement a strategic vision and plan to grow inventory of Laboratory capabilities and intellectual property for commercialization potential.
  • Actively explore and develop opportunities from federal and non-federal sources in alignment with Jefferson Lab’s mission and DOE expectations.
  • Manage the Partnerships Office, comprised of a group of dedicated and matrixed cross-functional professionals to carry out the mission of the Laboratory and foster a culture of inclusion.
  • Member of the senior leadership team, championing the laboratory’s mission to transfer knowledge and technological innovations and foster productive relationships among Laboratory research programs, universities, and industry in order to promote economic competitiveness. 
  • Work closely with scientific and engineering staff to identify promising technologies, commercialization opportunities and new R&D opportunities.
  • Monitor technological, social and scientific trends where Jefferson Lab technology and capabilities could provide benefit.
  • As head of the Partnerships Office, ensure a coordinated and timely laboratory response to partnering and funding opportunities, including FOAs, grants, licensing agreements, CRADAs and other vehicles;  monitor and track agreements to completion; further develop and own the process for Jefferson Lab response to funding and partnership opportunities.
  • Perform technology assessments to identify and prioritize the commercial potential of Laboratory capabilities and intellectual property; evaluate potential market need, size, and dynamics; and characterize alternate approaches, competitive position, and barriers to entry.   
  • Identify potential partners in private industry, academia, and government who can benefit from laboratory capabilities as potential licensees.   This includes “blue ocean” applications of emerging technology.
  • Identify and pursue potential sources of technology maturation funding from both private and public entities.
  • Develop and execute marketing outreach strategies to promote awareness of Laboratory capabilities and intellectual property available for commercialization or licensing.  Identify and cultivate relationships with regional entities to find opportunities to leverage Laboratory capability to solve problems of joint interest.
  • Partner with the Legal Counsel and Business and Finance Director, identify the appropriate transfer vehicle (CRADA, license, etc.) best suited for each opportunity while maintaining full compliance with all DOE requirements.
  • Partner with Legal Counsel and the Business and Finance Director on the negotiation and execution of sound and equitable technology transfer agreements.  Monitor to confirm all agreements are expeditiously routed through the internal review and approval process.  Ensure all advance notification and review and approval requirements with the DOE are obtained.
  • Monitor agreement performance to confirm all parties satisfy their obligations, provide assistance as necessary to resolve impediments, and notify leadership of any actual or potential risks.
  • Oversee and manage the Partnerships Office budget to include staffing and patent prosecution.
  • Maintain accurate records of all license and royalty payments, review audit results, initiate audits if necessary, and provide regular reports of receipts and issues.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong working relationships and partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders on critical technology transfer issues.
  • Develop and provide regular reports to Laboratory management of technology transfer program effectiveness, current status of all prospective and in-process agreements, and technology transfer accomplishments, issues, and risks. 


Management/Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

Develop and provide effective leadership of a Research and Technology Partnerships Office and its staff, as well as matrixed resources drawn from across the Laboratory.  

Education, Certification, and Expertise:

BA/BS in science, engineering or management (MBA or Masters preferred) with a minimum of fifteen years of equivalent formal education and experience, including developing strategies that result in partnerships and external funding from private industry, government agencies or investors. An understanding of Technology Transfer and intellectual property considerations in the federal environment is a plus.  Direct experience working with entrepreneurs and startups a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in developing proposals for funding (funding agencies, private industry, investors) and agreements with private industry is desired
  • Experience leading outreach activities to market technologies and cultivate partners
  • Experience preparing and negotiating agreements and quantifying the value of to assure the organization receives appropriate benefit, is desired.
  • Ability to present and express ideas and information clearly and in a manner appropriate for the audience, facilitates the open exchange of information, and skillfully negotiates solutions with the customer, staff, subcontractors, suppliers, and technology transfer partners. 
  • Direct experience working with entrepreneurs and start-ups
  • Direct experience in marketing new products or technologies
  • An understanding of intellectual property considerations in the federal government a plus
  • A demonstrated commitment to (i) the safety of staff, subcontractors, vendors, suppliers, users, and visitors, (ii) a respectful, diverse, and inclusive work environment, and (iii) integrity, ethical conduct, and avoidance of real or perceived conflicts of interest.

• Ability to comprehend and follow instructions
• Ability to compose letters, outlines, memoranda, reports and other documents
• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate information and make decisions
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate, explore and implement alternative solutions
• Ability to prioritize, organize and complete complex and varied tasks
• Ability to think analytically

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to work at a computer for extended periods
• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to open files and cabinet drawers, stoop and bend
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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