Fellows Program


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.


Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Fellow?

*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

Writing & Marketing Fellow

Position Details

Position Description

  • Writing & Marketing Fellows write marketing materials for technologies and identify potential industry licensees or investors.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • *Must meet the “Minimum Qualifications for All Fellows” listed above

How to Apply:

  • 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 Fellow

Position Details

Position Description

  • Material Transfer Agreements Fellows maintain detailed and precise records of all MTA activities in and out of UF.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • *Must meet the “Minimum Qualifications for All Fellows” listed above

How to Apply:

  • Email a statement expressing your interest, your resume/CV, your transcript and your hours of availability to Penelope GianelliNot currently accepting applications


Social Media Fellow

Position Details

Position Description

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • *Must meet the “Minimum Qualifications for All Fellows” listed above

How to Apply:

  • 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 Fellow

Position Details

Position Description

  • Patent Research Fellows execute prior-art searches on technologies developed by UF researchers. These searches help to inform decisions to market technologies for licensing.

Qualifications

  • Upper-level undergraduate, grad student, or second- or third-year law students
  • Strong scientific background
  • Interest in researching existing patents
  • *Must meet the “Minimum Qualifications for All Fellows” listed above

How to Apply:

  • 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 FriedlineNot currently accepting applications.

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