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Research and Technology Applications Manager/CTO
Job ID #: 11986 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Technology Division: Directorate
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

SALARY RANGE: $128,600 - $193,000 (SSA)

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

TJNAF is a world-leading nuclear physics research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with an annual operating budget in excess of $100M and 700 employees working on a modern research campus in Newport News, Virginia.

The Research and Technology Applications Manager reports to the Laboratory Director and providing overall leadership and expertise in Technology Transfer and industry engagement program management while overseeing Laboratory efforts to identify, and secure intellectual property while developing strategic partnerships that ultimately benefit the Laboratory, its sponsor, and society. Serves as the TJNAF Chief Technology Officer and interfaces with the DOE and other Laboratories on technology transfer matters.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement a strategic vision and plan to grow inventory of Laboratory capabilities and intellectual property for commercialization potential.
  • Effectively manage the efforts of technology transfer team comprised of a group of 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 and develop commercialization 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.
  • 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 Technology Transfer 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.

Education, Certification, and Expertise:

BS/BA in science, engineering and/or relevant business discipline with a minimum of fifteen years of equivalent formal education and experience managing the Technology Transfer and intellectual property initiatives within a research and development organization.   An understanding or familiarity with Laboratory technologies to include superconducting and normal-conducting particle accelerators, radio frequency technologies, advanced instrumentation, particle detectors, cryogenic systems, and advanced scientific computing is a plus.  An advanced degree is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working with scientists and engineers to evaluate research and development activities for potential commercial development.
  • Experience conducting commercialization assessments of research and development activities.
  • Experience leading outreach activities to identify and cultivate commercialization partners.
  • Experience preparing and negotiating effective technology transfer agreements and quantifying the value of technology transferred to assure the organization receives appropriate benefit.
  • 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. 
  • 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 get 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/Jefferson Lab 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 Lab'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.

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