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Posting Details

Posting Details

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Position Title

Technology Analyst

Functional Title



Research Dept

Salary Range

Negotiable, DOQ

Pay Basis


Position Status

Regular full-time



Position End Date (if temporary)


Posting Open Date


Posting Close Date


Open Until Filled


Desired Start Date


Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) Intellectual Property Manager the incumbent will comprehensively evaluate the patent eligibility and commercial viability of new inventions created at UT Dallas in the disciplines of material science, electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, biomedicine, life science, computer science, and other disciplines as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in material science, electrical engineering, chemistry or other related disciplines.

  • 0-3 years experience performing art searches/patent eligibility analyses and drafting reports.

  • 0-3 years performing commercial viability analyses.

  • A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.

  • 0-3 years drafting/negotiating university technology licenses.

Preferred Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, MBA or other relevant subjects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform technology disclosure intake processing: Liaise with University inventors to review technology disclosures, articulate clear and concise descriptions of perceived core inventions, analyze and report factors such as funding and publications that may impact or inform processing workflow, timelines, and prioritization. Routinely communicate with University inventors to discuss technical details and commercialization pathways of technologies, to understand inventors’ motivations, to align expectations, to provide status updates and process transparency, to cultivate positive working relationships, and to educate and advise inventors regarding University and UT System intellectual property policies, procedures, and related technology commercialization issues.

  • Perform prior art searches for new inventions created at UT Dallas to comprehensively evaluate patentability. Review patents, journal articles, papers, conference presentations, and the like to identify prior art which may be similar or related to, or overlap with, University inventions. In the context of the identified prior art, assess the novelty, obviousness, and breadth/narrowness of potential patent scope for new University inventions.

  • Evaluate the commercial viability of University inventions by analyzing what problem(s) the invention purports to solve, how the invention compares to currently available solutions with respect to performance, price, etc., the estimated level of investment/time required to get to market, and whether or not any relevant freedom to operate concerns exist. Work with the inventors to arrive at a clearly articulated “value proposition” statement for the invention.

  • Disposition technologies and make next-step recommendations regarding IP protection and commercialization strategies based on patent eligibility, commercial viability, and other qualitative and quantitative factors. Prepare and maintain thorough written analysis of same and present findings to OTC staff for internal discussion. Communicate the OTC’s formal disposition of inventions to University inventors.

  • Update and maintain the OTC’s database and technology tracking docket and facilitate regular review meetings regarding same. Prioritize technology processing queue based on patent bar dates or other urgencies. Work with the Director, IP Manager, and other OTC staff to develop improved process workflows and systems to increase efficiency, transparency, outcomes, and metrics reporting. Draft and maintain standard operating procedure documents for same.

  • As requested, assist with drafting various agreements and contracts, including NDAs, options, license agreements, inter-instructional agreements, and the like. Assist with preparing non-confidential summaries / marketing collateral, identify marketing targets, and facilitate initial outreach to same. Give presentations to stakeholder groups on various topics related to OTC operations. Manage and complete special projects as assigned by supervisor.

Physical Activities


Working Conditions


Additional Information

Intermediate level of proficiency of Microsoft Office Suite.

Special Instructions Summary


Important Message

1) The University of Texas at Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (M/F/D/V).

2) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.


Job Category:
Areas of Responsibility:
All Technology
Job Level:
Entry-level position
Job Sector:
All Technology