Business Development Manager-Semiconductors, Office of Technology Commercialization

POSTED: January 15, 2020
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Commercialization of Purdue technologies, primarily in electrical and computer engineering, through licensing.
  • Identify and initiate discussion with stakeholders for Purdue technologies.
  • Perform commercial viability analyses and develop strategies to enable technology transfer of Purdue intellectual property.
  • Work closely with Purdue innovators to develop commercialization and intellectual property strategies.
  • Perform technology valuations, market analyses and competitive landscapes.
  • Negotiate, draft, and execute transactional agreements including, license, option, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Provide subject-matter expertise in the fields of electrical, computer engineering, and/or computer science for the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) business development and intellectual property team.
  • Share knowledge about OTC processes and Purdue’s IP policy with Purdue innovators.
  • Manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders into Purdue’s commercialization ecosystem.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Accountable for coordinating and managing budget expenditures associated with all assigned duties.
  • Provide input and guidance on intellectual property matters in sponsored research agreements and industry collaborations.
  • Work closely with members of the entrepreneurship and venture capital communities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the following:
    • Electrical engineering, semiconductors, metasurfaces and/or device communication.
    • Related industry experience in semiconductors or device fabrication is highly desirable.
    • Working knowledge of intellectual property.
    • Knowledge of technology transfer and/or licensing.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Negotiate business agreements.
    • Perform market research.
  • Must be a highly self-motivated professional with the ability to identify priorities and complete projects.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, computer, and written/verbal communication skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ideal candidate must communicate clearly with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Critical thinking and strategic planning of complex projects.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Must be able to work in an organization with multiple stakeholders across technology domains and across leadership levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with stakeholders.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.



  • Degree in physical sciences, preferably electrical or computer engineering. Advanced degree and/or MBA preferred.
  • One to three years of relevant business experience (new business development, technology licensing or product development/marketing experience) in electrical or computer engineering.
  • Preferred work experience:
    • Product development and introduction
    • Negotiating agreement terms
    • Understanding of contract language
  • Industry experience in semiconductors and device fabrication is ideal.


Application Instructions: 

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at on or before Friday, April 17, 2020.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.

Purdue Research Foundation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Purdue Research Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. PRF views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.


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