Student Analyst Program

The analyst program was featured in the May 2010 issue of IP Marketing Advisor.

Opportunities in the Office of Technology Development at Boston University

The Office of Technology Development (OTD) supports the research efforts at Boston University and enables the dissemination and implementation of BU technologies to the private sector for development of products that benefit the public. OTD case teams work with physicians, scientists, patent attorneys, and industry contacts to identify and protect the intellectual property arising from the University’s research activities. This process involves evaluating discoveries for intellectual property, market potential, licensing and commercialization rights as well as brokering deals with potential investors. OTD is interested in hiring motivated individuals for paid positions to assist various staff members in the Charles River or Medical Campus offices. Responsibilities will depend on the level of commitment and the participant’s background and prior knowledge.

Click here for a list of current and past analysts.

Available Positions

  1. Business Development Analyst
    • Life Sciences – open
    • Medical Devices - open
    • Physical Sciences – open
    • New Ventures – open
  2. IP & Licensing Analystfilled
  3. Communications & Marketing Assistantfilled

Contact

Please send resume and cover letter via e-mail to the hiring manager listed for the position you are interested in. Contact information is available in our directory.

  1. Business Development Analyst
    • Life Sciences – April Effort, David Lough
    • Medical Devices - Nelson Medeiros
    • Physical Sciences – Ana Lopes
    • New Ventures – Renuka Babu
  2. IP & Licensing Analyst – Brian Gildea
  3. Communications & Marketing Assistant – Susan Mulrean

 

Business Development Analyst

Responsibilities:

      The primary responsibility will be to vet newly disclosed inventions for patentability, marketability, etc…
      The primary work product will be in the form of written triage and assessment reports and
    presentations.
    • Market Research: Assess readiness of technology, potential for market acceptance, market size, relevant companies, and potential licensees, conduct phone/e‐mail interviews of experts and opinion leaders, generate lists of potential licensees
    • Non Confidential Disclosures: Create one‐page marketing summaries to promote inventions, these require understanding and articulating the novelty of the invention and its advantages over the state of the art
    • Marketing: Market technology to potential licensees
    • Attend group meetings and maintain files as necessary
    Qualifications:

    • Science, engineering, business, or law graduate students. Undergraduates may also apply, but
      must be in junior or senior year. Hiring managers will seek backgrounds relevant to the sector
      they are hiring for.
    • Interest in technology commercialization, intellectual property, licensing, and entrepreneurship
    • Students should have their own laptop
    Partial List of Benefits to Student:

    • Opportunity to develop an understanding of University technology transfer activity
    • Triage and assess a wide range of technology types
    • Network with inventors, investors, company reps, key opinion leaders, patent attorneys, etc…
    • Resume building and career oriented position
    Reporting/Interaction:

    • Report to Director(s) of Business Development
    • Interact with other members of Technology Development as necessary
    Commitment:

    Semester Interns:
    We are seeking students who can commit to ~ 10 hours per week for a minimum of6 months. There is the possibility of this leading to full‐time summer internships.

    Summer Interns:
    This is a full-time summer position; 8am – 5pm, M-F (June – middle of August) with the potential to continue as a part-time position (~ 10 hours per week) in the Fall and beyond.

    Students may be required to attend a daylong program on technology transfer.

    Students who have successfully completed classes such as Dr. Ashley Stevens’ technology commercialization course (AD895, EK730, LA996, SP838) are exempt from the training, but are still encouraged to attend.

    Compensation:

    • $12/hr
    Availability:

    1. Business Development Analyst – Life Sciences
    2. Business Development Analyst – Medical Devices
    3. Business Development Analyst – Tech & Energy

    IP & Licensing Analyst

    Responsibilities:

    • Patent Filings: Assist with the tracking, drafting and filing of provisional patent applications and related documents (e.g. Information Disclosure Statements). Assist with updates to the department’s electronic case files.
    • Contracts: Assist with drafting and tracking of certain agreements such as Material Transfer Agreements, Non Disclosure Agreements (a.k.a. Confidential Disclosure Agreements), Joint Invention Agreements and Patent Administration Agreements.
    • Prior art searches: Conduct prior art searches on disclosed technology and formulate opinion on the relevance of certain references, construct claim charts and construct family trees.
    • Meetings: Attend group meetings, coordinate and attend meetings with inventors and outside patent counsel to discuss invention and patent filing strategy.
    • Research legal issues and, if requested, prepare memoranda.
    • Attend group meetings and maintain files as necessary.
    Qualifications:

    • Technical background and an interest in intellectual property and licensing
    • One year of law school – we are willing to educate students with limited experience in IP as long as they have a strong interest in the area.
    • Strong computer and organizational skills
    • Students should have their own laptop
    Partial List of Benefits to Student:

    • Opportunity to develop an understanding of University technology transfer activity – beneficial as an alternative career path or in understanding/expanding potential client base as a practicing IP attorney.
    • Gain experience translating the science into patent terminology and understanding where the science fits into the patent landscape, a great experience in client interaction.
    • Network with patent attorneys, investors, and tech transfer professionals.
    Reporting/Interaction:

    • Will report to Directors(s) and the patent manager.
    • May interact with BU’s General Counsel, outside patent counsel, inventors, and other members of Technology Development as necessary.
    Commitment:Semester Interns:We are seeking students who can commit to ~ 10 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. There is the possibility of this leading to full‐time summer internships.Summer Interns:This is a full-time summer position; we require a commitment of at least 10 weeks of 40 hours/week.

    To be eligible for employment you should have attended the day-long intensive training program on technology transfer, which was offered on Saturday, October 2nd 2010 from 9am – 5pm in Photonics 906.

    Students who have successfully completed classes such as Dr. Ashley Stevens’ technology commercialization course (AD895, EK730, LA996, SP838) are exempt from the training, but are still encouraged to attend.

    Compensation:

    • $12/hr
    Availability:

    1. Intellectual Property & Licensing Analyst

    Communications & Marketing Assistant

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop brand awareness among stakeholders of office
    • Design a quarterly HTML newsletter
    • Improve social networking presence (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook)
    • Populate event calendar and support events (e.g. Techs, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll event)
    • Manage content, design, and maintenance of website
    • Create press releases for posting on BU website and submission to other outlets such as BU Today, Mass High Tech, Boston Business Journal, etc.
    • Attend group meetings as necessary
    • Maintain files as necessary
    Qualifications:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in the above. Communications/Marketing students encouraged to apply. Work-study eligible students also encouraged to apply.
    • Solid organizational skills, able to work independently, but also a team player
    • Very strong communication skills
    • Web, IT, and graphic design skills
    • Proficient in HTML
    • Interest in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization
    • Students should have their own laptop
    Partial List of Benefits to Student:

    • Opportunity to develop an understanding of University technology transfer activity
    • Marketing and event planning experience
    • Resume building – career oriented position
    Reporting/Interaction:

    • Report to Executive Director of Operations or Executive Director of Business Development
    • Interact with all members of Technology Development as necessary
    Commitment:

    This is a part time position (~10 hours per week) for the Spring semester. There is the potential for this to lead into a full-time summer position 8am – 5pm, M-F (June – middle of August).
    Compensation:

    • $10/hr
    Availability:

    1. Communications and Marketing Assistant

     

    Exploring Careers in Technology Development

    Most research universities, federal labs, and mid-to-large sized companies have some sort of technology transfer or intellectual property management program in place. Technology transfer is a rapidly growing field and all of these institutions are vying for qualified candidates for their growing technology transfer offices. The goal of Boston University’s analyst program is to provide graduate students in management, law, science and engineering with exposure to career alternatives beyond the traditional research path. This experience gives individuals with a technical background the business and intellectual property experience necessary to land an entry level position in technology licensing, patent law or business development. The program also provides business and law students with experience in the field of technology development and commercialization.