OTL 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 OTL 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.
The Fellows Program offers three tracks:
Marketing Fellows develop marketing materials for technologies and identify potential licensees or investors. Current openings now available. See How to Apply below.
Patent Fellows, typically second- or third-year law students, determine the commercial viability of new inventions and analyze parent literature. Currently reviewing applications.
Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) Fellows delve into the realm of material transfer agreements, helping make sense and order of the data that comes through our office. No openings at this time.
Minimum Qualifications for all Fellows
- Graduate students or upper level undergraduate students enrolled at UF
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Eligible to work in the United States
- Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
- Availability for 15 to 20 hours per week between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday and commitment to work a minimum of two semesters
- Ability to review materials and draw out the most important information
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of all work-related information
- Professional demeanor and dress
- Strong attention to detail; good organizational skills
- Strong academic performance
Marketing Fellows Qualifications
- An background in science or and interest in science and technology tranfer
- Experience in either entrepreneurial marketing or translational science/health communication
- Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office and Adobe CC
Patent Fellows Qualifications
- Demonstrated interest in patent law
- Second- or third-year law students
- Strong scientific/technical background
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Fellows are paid and will be provided a parking pass for working hours at OTL’s offices in the Innovation Hub at UF.
How to apply
Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours over the summer (and fall semester if you know already) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to complete a technical writing assessment and interview.