The University of Notre Dame (ND.jobs) is accepting applications for a Technology Validation Associate.
Applications will be accepted until 6/14/2021.
The Technology Validation Associate, is a five year limited term position, advances projects through the technical de-risking stage of the Commercialization Engine. The Commercialization Engine is the collection of essential processes and resources within the IDEA Center intended to advance early-stage technologies and ideas into marketable business ventures. A primary focus of the Technology Validation Associate is to identify critical technical milestones for opportunities disclosed to the IDEA Center.
This position will manage specific projects in the technology validation stage through these technical milestones. The Technical Validation Associate will design and execute tests aimed at derisking and adding value to early-stage opportunities. The Technology Validation Associate will work with researchers, innovators, subject matter experts, and companies to achieve a proof of concept. Must be a creative and innovative lifelong learner with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population; able to problem solve within a collaborative team environment. This position will engage in high performing, leading edge practices, valuing people, partners and stewardship. At Notre Dame we are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive culture, and engaging and hiring a diverse workforce.
The Technology Validation Associate will demonstrate their ability to work with a wide range of technologies from various engineering and science disciplines. This range of technologies will require the ability to search, assess, and synthesize highly technical information. In order to advance emerging technology, they will need to show how a technology can achieve a differentiated value proposition as compared to the current state of the art. The Technology Validation Associate will propose tests along with a budget to internal funding committees and be responsible for task accomplishment. They will regularly report the results of these tests and recommend the next derisking activity, which should be considered.
The Technology Validation Associate assists in the administration of the technology validation stage of the Commercialization Engine. The Technology Validation Associate will work collaboratively with other members of the Commercialization Engine and understand the inputs, outputs, and typical objectives of these groups. They must be familiar with best practices in growing early-stage ventures in order to attract additional funding and engagement with strategic, critical partners.
While deep technical expertise in any one area is a positive factor, the ability and desire to quickly dig deep in multiple areas is far more crucial. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status. Technical Assessment. Review disclosed technologies in the technical validation stage of the Commercialization Engine. Evaluate disclosed inventions in relation to the field of art and assess the technical merits, feasibility, and current stage of development. Conduct any necessary research and engage industry experts to determine the market need corresponding to the underlying technical advancement. Assess the technical readiness level (TRL), confidence level, and propose next steps. Provide this assessment to stakeholders to include other members of the IDEA Center and the research team. Proof of Concept Development and Testing. Design and execute tests to characterize and validate technologies in the Commercialization Engine. Work with faculty research teams and contract research organizations to coordinate efforts. Ensure the technical milestone is aligned with a product vision, product development roadmap, funding strategy, and validated market need. Propose a development plan to the funding committee. Make regular reports to the broader team of work accomplished and recommendations moving forward. Technology Validation Administration. Monitor the process and projects within the technology validation stage of the commercialization engine. Identify process improvements and ways to speed tech to a proof of concept. Audit expense account against authorized and budgeted funds. Facilitate execution of agreements necessary for external engagements.
Minimum Qualifications: A qualified candidate would possess an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. An advanced degree is a positive factor. The preferred candidate will have some type of formal training in a technical discipline beyond their degree work, these may include certifications by other than academic institutions which indicate a high technical level of knowledge. A qualified candidate should have at least 4 years of experience in a field related to technology development. Their work experience should include working with nascent, cutting-edge technologies. A preferred candidate would have experience in a number of disparate technical fields. The individual should be familiar with different project management systems and have led project teams to the successful completion of technical milestones.
ABOUT NOTRE DAME: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual 'Great Colleges to Work For' survey...and we are proud of it!
This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at https://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/?id=link-73597.
Equal Opportunity Employment StatementThe University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at http://ND.jobs to Job # S21436. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd. The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.
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