CURRENT KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER VACANCIES
Reference : Code 1752/2020/1
The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is the only non-academic research institution in Germany dedicated to research on dementia and all its facets as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. DZNE research goes across the entire spectrum of basic research, from human studies to nursing/healthcare research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of research results into application, interdisciplinarity and internationalisation. It is an institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the leading national and international research institutions in its field.
The DZNE in Bonn has to fill the following position in the Scientific Strategy / Technology
Transfer Office at the earliest possible date:
- You will support a new DZNE innovation lab in administrative tasks
- You will coordinate the processing of contracts in the field of technology transfer (Material Transfer Agreements (MTA), Confidentiality Agreements, contracts for R&D and contract research, etc.) in teamwork with colleagues from the Technology Transfer Office and the in-house Legal Department
- You will handle the correspondence, mainly in English, with the partners involved in contract negotiations (DZNE scientists, external and other administrative bodies of the DZNE)
- You maintain the process documentation
- You have knowledge in life sciences and ideally also in the field of law, especially contract law. A degree in one of these areas is of advantage
- You are committed to and interested in coordinating tasks at a responsible interface position
- You are experienced with administrative processes, e.g. date and event coordination, coordination of processes with different departments
- English is spoken and written at a business fluent level
- You work in a structured, independent and solution-oriented manner
- You enjoy working in a team
- You are familiar with MS Office and ideally have experience with contract databases
- Experience with relevant contracts in the field of technology transfer and contract negotiations is of particular value
- Professional experience in the field of universities, clinics or non-academic research institutions is generally an advantage
What we offer
- An interesting and challenging job in a research institution that deals with future topics in the field of health research in a scientific and at the same time strongly international environment
- The development of our center offers broad scope for the personal development of our employees; targeted personnel development is a particular concern of ours
- Employment, payment and social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD Bund)
- A position initially limited to 2 years with an option for extension
- The position is to be filled on a full-time or part-time basis (minimum 75 %)
Your position will be based in the Scientific Strategy / Technology Transfer Office. At the same time, you will work very closely with our Legal Department due to the thematic focus
of the position. Your direct working environment is characterised by a small, dynamic and highly motivated team. The position offers the opportunity to creatively shape DZNE internal processes in the field of technology transfer. As a team member you will support DZNE scientists in the acquisition and negotiation of cooperations with partners from industry and science and in the evaluation of their research results. Equal opportunities are part of our HR policy. Severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration if they are equally suitable.
Application deadline: 02/29/2020
Your contact: Dr. Bernadett Simon, phone: +49 (0) 228 43302 371
Reference : LIST-CORP-2019-017
Contract type: Permanent contract
The successful candidate will join the Valorisation and Transfer Officers team of LIST.
The Valorisation and Transfer Officer integrates an interdisciplinary team that supports the research departments to optimize and protect their intellectual property assets. The VT Officer will contribute to the identification, protection, management and commercialisation of intellectual property assets (technologies) arising from the Materials Research and Technology department (MRT), in fields ranging from chemistry to physics (including materials, processes and engineering).
With a team of around 190 scientists and engineers, the MRT department focuses on two key enabling technologies: nanotechnologies and advanced materials. Researchers investigate research questions related to transducing materials and actuators, photocatalysis and energy harvesters, transparent electronics and smart nanocomposites, point-of-care and drug delivery, modelling and design of structures and multifunctional composites, bio-based polymers and composites, adhesion and compatibilization of fibres/matrix, process engineering and advanced manufacturing.
While collaborating closely with the MRT research community, the VT Officer will naturally also interact with the MRT Partnership Development and Coordination team, with the IP legal advisors, as well as with other Departments for transversal tasks and with administrative offices at the corporate level.
The VT Officer maintains and grows the department’s intellectual property portfolio, with particular emphasis on identifying patent opportunities, preparing and filing patent applications in order to obtain patents for inventions that have a potential market value. The VT Officer evaluates scientific invention disclosures and conducts prior art searches, analysis and documentation of related patents, and contributes to the writing of patent applications. The selected candidate will advise on commercial issues in research contracts, also by considering the commercialisation of IP through licensing and/or the creation of spin-off companies.
Principal duties and responsibilities
- Collaborative interaction with the MRT department’s researchers to identify new invention disclosures and to search prior art patents in order to determine if an invention is patentable or eligible to a trade secret
- Evaluation of invention disclosures and advice to management and researchers for patentability and/or commercial viability
- Preparation and interaction with external patent attorneys for drafting patent applications, follow-up of patent procedures and contribution to the management of the IP portfolio (extensions, maintenance, etc.)
- Keep abreast of policy and practice changes, and implement changes as necessary
- Development and advice on best protection for future commercialisation strategies in collaboration with colleagues and professional advisers where appropriate
- Promoting awareness of the importance of IP and industrial collaboration
- Contributing to build market and technology transfer knowledge and a high level of understanding of relevant market sectors and developing and supporting relationships between local industry and researchers at all stages of research engagement, in collaboration with the Partnership Development team
- Implementing commercial strategies including technology marketing (national and international), contributing to negotiate balanced licence agreements, promoting entrepreneurship, establishing spin-off companies and advising promoters of such new ventures
- A Master’s degree in science (chemistry, physics, materials, processes, engineering), with a specialization in IP
- Significant experience (5 years minimum) working with patent law and intellectual property, preferably in the fields ranging from chemistry to physics, including materials processes and engineering
- Ability to assimilate and understand scientific and technological data and issues in these various fields
- Self-starter, volunteer and capable of identifying and assessing opportunities for commercialisation and networking with academics and industrials to realise those opportunities
- Strong organizational, administrative skills and communication skills
- Ability to multi-tasking, working independently, and as a team member
- Demonstrated experience and practical knowledge in IP protection, IP rights laws, and IP policy
- Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory
- A good knowledge of French is considered an asset and German is a plus
Deadline for application: 20 January 2020
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