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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Associate Ventures Officer in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Technology Ventures Office (TVO) facilitates and oversees technology transfer to government and industry, fosters collaborative research with the private sector, and manages the Laboratory’s Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio. In order to support the creation of increased transfer opportunities in complex federal and private-sector landscapes, the Laboratory is seeking an Associate to work under the mentorship and guidance of members of the (TVO). This position will be joining the Intellectual Property (IP) team to facilitate the protection of Lincoln Laboratory’s innovative technology assets, which serve as the foundation for technology transfers ranging from commercial licenses, collaborative research agreements, transfers for government use, open-source releases, and more.

Job Description

This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in an exciting career facilitating the direct impact of federally funded research in addressing societal needs. The ideal candidate would have broad technical skills, an understanding of intellectual property management (or capacity to learn such by doing), and facility with modern business pratcices. In addition, demonstrated ability to navigate professionally in a modern work environment with adaptability, humility, attention to detail, and persistence will be highly valued.

  • Review and analyze new technology disclosure submissions spanning broad technology areas across the Lab

  • Support development of patent strategies and patent prosecution, aligned with national priorities and product development goals of collaboration partners

  • Manage protection of non-patentable assets, such as copyrightable material, including open-source licensing

  • Conduct diligence on IP ownership and sponsorship, ensuring compliance with federal statute and contractual agreements

  • Initiate and perform prior art and commercial market assessments for select technologies in MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s intellectual property portfolio

  • Help facilitate broad internal awareness of IP assets for collaboration opportunities across LL staff in different departments

  • Serve as a resource to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory community on technology transfer pathways available through the Office of Technology Transfer


  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD Degree from an accredited college or university, with major studies in physical sciences or engineering disciplines (Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Optics, or similar)

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills to present ideas in an understandable technical and non-technical manner

  • Strong organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring the efficient execution of IP management activities

  • Ability to interface with technical staff of various experience levels and technical areas, diplomatically balancing the goals of research staff with the administrative needs of the organization

  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently within an administrative office

  • An understanding of and affinity for the national security mission

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Must be abel to obtain and maintain a security clearance

    The following skills or attributes are highly desired:

  • An understanding of (or experience with) IP policies, practices, and regulations

  • Comfort working with and analyzing data, whether in spreadsheets or scientific programming tools (e.g., Python)

  • Experience working with modern software tools and databases in an environment promoting detailed record keeping and seamless organizational communication

  • 2+ years of experience and proven track record in key functional areas (technology development, intellectual property, and licensing) in a federal laboratory setting

    At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include:

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans

  • MIT-funded pension

  • Matching 401K

  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)

  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs

  • Mentorship programs

  • A range of work-life balance options

  • ... and much more!

    Please visit our Benefits page ( for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks ( .

Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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