UF Innovate | Tech Licensing offers paid fellowships in technology management and commercialization, commonly referred to as technology transfer. Technology transfer is the practice of transferring inventions from the research lab to the marketplace to benefit the public and is an interesting blend of science, business, and law. Fellows work closely with professionals at UF Innovate | Tech Licensing on a part-time basis, providing support in various aspects of technology management, including invention assessments and marketing. Participation in the Fellows Program is a unique educational experience that offers students the opportunity to contribute to the commercialization of UF technologies.
Fellows are exposed to a unique blend of disciplines and a variety of projects that a technology transfer officer might face each day. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore a career that requires broad scientific expertise, business insight, and legal acumen to convert basic research into practical applications.
Fellows positions are paid and benefits include access to startups and other entrepreneurial professionals who work in UF Innovate | The Hub, where the Tech Licensing office is located. The first building in Innovation Square, The Hub is a unique business incubator that shortens the journey from discovery to the marketplace for Florida’s tech startup companies.
Minimum Qualifications for All Fellows
- Graduate students or upper-level undergraduate students enrolled at UF
- Eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship
- Availability for 12-20 hours per week between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon- Fri and commitment to work a minimum of two semesters
- Not employed elsewhere on campus
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
Ability to review materials and draw out the most important information
- Ability to maintain the confidentiality of work-related information
- Strong attention to detail
Good organizational skills
- Strong academic performance
- Proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office Suite
- Professional demeanor and dress
The Fellows Program Offers Four Tracks:
Writing & Marketing Fellows
Writing Fellows write marketing materials for technologies and identify potential industry licensees or investors.
- A background in science or an interest in science and technology transfer
- Ability to pay attention to detail
- Strong writing experience
- Willingness to research businesses in various industries
Email a statement expressing your qualifications and interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the current and following semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to interview and complete a technical writing assessment. Currently accepting applications.
Materials Transfer Agreements Fellows
- Material Fellows maintain detailed and precise records of all MTA activities in and out of UF.
- Upper-level undergraduate students or law students enrolled at UF
- Available to work 15-20 hours/week Mon- Fri between 8a and 5p with a minimum of one calendar year commitment
- Ability to use a database to accurately record and retrieve information
- Strong knowledge of computers: Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and the ability to use a database to accurately record and retrieve information
- Email a statement expressing your interest, your resume/CV, your transcript and your hours of availability to Penelope Gianelli. Not currently accepting applications.
Social Media Fellows
- Social Media Fellows communicate big ideas in succinctly written social media posts and prepare diagrams, charts and other graphics to use as visual communications for print, email, websites, video and social media.
- Social media experience
- Experience with Canva or other visual media content applications
- An interest in science or technology transfer
- Ability to pay strong attention to detail and communicate effectively and succinctly
Email a statement expressing your qualifications and interest in this position, your resume/CV, links, #tags or @usernames that show your work, and an indication of your available hours during the current and following semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to interview and complete a writing assessment. Not currently accepting applications.
Patent Research Fellows
- Patent Research Fellows execute prior-art searches on technologies developed by UF researchers. These searches help to inform decisions to market technologies for licensing.
- Upper level undergraduate, grad student, or second- or third-year law students
- Strong scientific background
- Interest in researching existing patents
- Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Not currently accepting applications.