Industry Liaison Officer

Position Overview
CEBC a leading catalysis research center at the University of Kansas seeks an accomplished industrial chemist or engineer as Industrial Liaison Director (ILD). This is an exceptional opportunity to expand industry partnerships for one of the most widely recognized academic catalysis centers.
CEBC is developing sustainable catalytic technologies to reduce waste and conserve resources. With over 20 company partners to date, CEBC s industry-focused approach is pushing research discoveries toward commercialization and providing unique training opportunities for students.
The ILD will lead the effort to identify and facilitate collaborations with chemical companies. This individual will be the voice of industry, working closely with CEBC s leadership to shape the vision and long-range strategy for the center. The ILD will work with licensing associates at KU to manage intellectual property. In addition, the ILD contributes to student training by sharing his/her extensive experiences in industry.
An ideal candidate for this position is someone who is eager to make a difference in academia by strengthening university-industry interactions and mentoring students.
Job Description
40% - Manage the industry membership program. Serve as the primary point of contact between CEBC and industry representatives, from both member and non-member companies. Develop and implement a strategic marketing plan to recruit and retain industry members. Elements of this plan may include such activities as initializing outreach efforts to industry leaders, facilitating, meetings between industry leaders and CEBC researchers, organizing workshops as recruitment events, attending key conferences/trade shows (up to 20 travel days per year), and co-authoring newsletters, annual report, and promotional materials with other CEBC staff;
15% - Organize Advisory Board meetings. Organize and host semi-annual Industry/Science Advisory Board meetings. Coordinate annual project evaluation process in conjunction with the spring meeting, and collect and act upon feedback from advisory boards;
15% - Coordinate industry sponsored projects. Assist CEBC faculty with proposal development and project management for industry-sponsored research projects. Provide administrative oversight of staff/postdoctoral researchers working on company-sponsored service agreements or other projects;
15% - Manage Intellectual Property. Coordinate CEBC communications with KU Innovation & Collaboration (KUIC) office. Assist researchers in the preparation and submission of invention disclosures to KUIC and drafting of potential claims. Transmit invention disclosures to industry members. Review manuscripts and presentations for potentially patentable information prior to public disclosure. Provide IP orientation for new CEBC researchers;
10% - Manage industrial colloquia. Recruit prominent industrial researchers (3-4 per semester) to participate in the signature Learning about Industry From Experts (LIFE) colloquia series. Schedule and host researcher visits to campus;
5% - Informal student advising. Share experiences with students and postdoctoral researchers (for example, serve on the lab safety committee, provide feedback on oral/poster presentations, organize professional development activities, and contribute guest lectures in areas of expertise.
Required Qualifications
B.S. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field;
Minimum 10 years of industrial experience in the chemical sector;
Outstanding written communication skills as evidenced in application materials;
Excellent oral communication skills as evidenced by application materials and oral presentation during the on-site interview;
Strong track record of significant scientific/technical contributions, as evidenced by a combination of the following; patents, publications, invited lectures, increasing corporate responsibilities, and awards from professional societies;
Evidence of practical knowledge of intellectual property protection and licensing;
Demonstrated experience providing presentations;
Work experience that required group facilitation and collaboration with industry partners, faculty, co-workers, and students.
Preferred Qualifications
Master's or Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering;
Attainment of a senior leadership position in corporate R&D or technology management;
Demonstrated success in building external partnerships;
Extensive knowledge of current chemical manufacturing processes, process economics, technology strategies of corporations, and managerial procedures in the chemical enterprise;
Experience with successful scale-up or commercialization of new technology.
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application consists of the online application, resume, and a cover letter outlining specifically how qualifications are met.
Application review begins December 5, 2016. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2016. Apply prior to the review date to ensure consideration.
Contact Information to Applicants
Nancy Crisp
Advertised Salary Range
Minimum $83,344.00
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date
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