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Have you ever wanted to be involved with cutting edge technology? Are you interested in working with startup companies? Would you like to gain experience talking to real industry professionals before you graduate? If so, then The University of Alabama Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) is for you.

First, what is OTT? The Office for Technology Transfer works to protect and commercialize the intellectual property of the university. In layman’s terms that means that we help inventors take their creations from the lab to the marketplace. Currently, OTT is looking for bright ambitious students to work in the office and assist with the development of cutting edge technologies.

Students are encouraged to apply for the venture development or research assistant positions. Please find descriptions for each below.

Venture Development

Interns will work with OTT staff to develop commercialization strategies for UA-based intellectual property in technical fields such as engineering, biology, chemistry, etc. The scope of the commercialization strategy will include: assessing a new technology, conducting market research to determine the correct market(s) for the technology, determining the technology’s position within the market, and developing a recommendation for commercialization (i.e., license to established company, start-up a new company, or develop technology jointly with an established company). Interns will be required to present their findings each week, so that progress may be recorded and tracked. The ultimate goal of the internship is to identify promising technologies that have a high chance for commercialization. These technologies will be presented to judges with both technical and business backgrounds along with the UA community at a technology showcase in April 2015. The interns will gain valuable experience in preparing commercialization strategies, delivering elevator pitches and presentations, working in multidisciplinary teams, and the chance to interact with angel investors, venture capitalists, industry leaders and executives.

The time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per week. Weekly meetings with OTT staff and other interns are mandatory and last 1-2 hours. There will be a mandatory boot camp the week of January 5th – January 9th and will last approximately 2 hours.

Pay for this position will be commensurate with educational level and experience.

Research Assistant

The student assistant will work with OTT staff to help facilitate the commercialization of university-based technologies. Activities to perform will include 1) the generation of marketing materials and presentation of the technologies, 2) compiling potential leads for further technology commercialization, 3) qualifying leads with high potential of commercialization, and, 4) initiating contact with the identified leads concerning commercializing the technologies.  The technologies come from across campus and cover multiple disciplines such as engineering, biology, chemistry, library science, etc.  Additional activities might include reviewing business plans, evaluating new technologies, providing feedback, and participating in OTT’s forums and events.

Qualifications for this position include marketing or sales undergraduate or graduate student, or equivalent experience. Applicant must have the ability to effectively and consciously communicate technical topics into simple, easy to understand materials.

The time commitment for this position is approximately 15-20 hours per week. Pay will be commensurate with educational level and experience.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and tentative schedule to Dr. Whitney Hough at wlhough@ua.edu.

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to be involved with cutting edge technology? Are you interested in working with startup companies? Would you like to gain experience talking to real industry professionals before you graduate? If so, then The University of Alabama Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) is for you.

First, what is OTT? The Office for Technology Transfer works to protect and commercialize the intellectual property of the university. In layman’s terms that means that we help inventors take their creations from the lab to the marketplace. Currently, OTT is looking for bright ambitious students to work in the office and assist with the development of cutting edge technologies.

Students are encouraged to apply for the venture development or research assistant positions. Please find descriptions for each below.

Venture Development

Interns will work with OTT staff to develop commercialization strategies for UA-based intellectual property in technical fields such as engineering, biology, chemistry, etc. The scope of the commercialization strategy will include: assessing a new technology, conducting market research to determine the correct market(s) for the technology, determining the technology’s position within the market, and developing a recommendation for commercialization (i.e., license to established company, start-up a new company, or develop technology jointly with an established company). Interns will be required to present their findings each week, so that progress may be recorded and tracked. The ultimate goal of the internship is to identify promising technologies that have a high chance for commercialization. These technologies will be presented to judges with both technical and business backgrounds along with the UA community at a technology showcase in April 2015. The interns will gain valuable experience in preparing commercialization strategies, delivering elevator pitches and presentations, working in multidisciplinary teams, and the chance to interact with angel investors, venture capitalists, industry leaders and executives.

The time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per week. Weekly meetings with OTT staff and other interns are mandatory and last 1-2 hours. There will be a mandatory boot camp the week of January 5th – January 9th and will last approximately 2 hours.

Pay for this position will be commensurate with educational level and experience.

Research Assistant

The student assistant will work with OTT staff to help facilitate the commercialization of university-based technologies. Activities to perform will include 1) the generation of marketing materials and presentation of the technologies, 2) compiling potential leads for further technology commercialization, 3) qualifying leads with high potential of commercialization, and, 4) initiating contact with the identified leads concerning commercializing the technologies.  The technologies come from across campus and cover multiple disciplines such as engineering, biology, chemistry, library science, etc.  Additional activities might include reviewing business plans, evaluating new technologies, providing feedback, and participating in OTT’s forums and events.

Qualifications for this position include marketing or sales undergraduate or graduate student, or equivalent experience. Applicant must have the ability to effectively and consciously communicate technical topics into simple, easy to understand materials.

The time commitment for this position is approximately 15-20 hours per week. Pay will be commensurate with educational level and experience.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and tentative schedule to Dr. Whitney Hough at wlhough@ua.edu.

 

 

 

 

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