Technology Transfer Officer - School of Sustainable Design Engineering (Grant Funded)

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Date of Posting: 
October 26, 2016
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
Technology Transfer Officer
Full Time Term Position (Grant Funded)
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week 

Commensurate with experience

As soon as possible for 2 year term (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

The Technology Transfer Officer (TTO) is responsible for advancing innovative research and inventions into commercial opportunities. This position will be located within the University of Prince Edward Island’s (UPEI) technology transfer and commercialization organization, Synapse Applied Research and Industry Services (Synapse). This position specifically involves supporting the innovative research and research collaborations within UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering (SSDE) and engaging with other faculties and departments with potential for collaborative research with SSDE.


• Work with Synapse, Research Services, SSDE Industry Partnership Team, researchers, and industry partners to identify and assess Intellectual Property (IP) that has potential commercial value to push through the commercialization pipeline
• Develop recommendations for protection and commercialization of IP arising from SSDE UPEI
• Negotiate and draft various types of agreements and liaise with legal representation as required on development of agreements involving IP, material and technology transfer, and licensing
• Support the development of business models for new innovation-based opportunities
• Develop marketing strategies for UPEI SSDE technologies to attract licensees;
• Identify and advise on potential industry related and commercialization funding opportunities
• Ensure administrative compliance with UPEI’s policies & procedures
• Report and present progress in accordance with predetermined metrics to various internal and external stakeholders
• Represent the SSDE at conferences, trade shows or other outreach events, as required


• Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Engineering or a closely related field with three years of experience in public/private partnerships and research grant collaborations in an academic or engineering R&D environment
• Additional credentials such as an MBA, would be an asset
• Experience in fields related to intellectual property and commercialization would be an asset
• Experience working with multiple stakeholders and projects simultaneously
• Proven ability to prioritize multiple projects and/or tasks
• Strong interpersonal, negotiation, communication (both oral and written) skills required
• Must be self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

J. Barrett

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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