Job Offer: Head of the Technology Transfer and Valorisation Office at the CNIO

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The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) is one of the top leading cancer research institutes in Europe, hosting world-renowned scientists that have made significant contributions in both basic and translational aspects of cancer biology. The CNIO has a strong record in the transference of the results of the research carried out by its Groups to the productive sector. Activity in this field is channelled through a Technology Transfer and Valorisation Office (TTVO) that works under the Direction of Innovation.
We are seeking a motivated specialist to Head the TTVO, to lead our efforts in this field. Main responsibilities and duties of the Head of the TTVO would be:
- Identify and evaluate the results and technologies generated at the CNIO with potential to be transferred to the market, through a customized follow up of the research activities carried out by the different Research Groups at the CNIO.
- Supervise the selection of inventions and technologies suitable for commercial exploitation, proposing a strategy for the protection and management of the intellectual and industrial property of CNIO, in coordination with the CNIO Direction.
- Provide assistance to CNIO Direction in the design of a plan of valorisation of the assets derived from the CNIO intellectual property, including the search of suitable partners for each case and their transference to the market.
- Manage the rights on results and intellectual and industrial property in any agreements of research and transference established by the CNIO with third parties at the national and international level
- Manage the establishment of relations of the CNIO with industry and the private sector in general, in coordination with the researchers and other departments at CNIO

Applicants should hold a degree in life sciences (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, or similar). Requisites for the position include:
- Profound knowledge of the processes related to the generation of inventions in the life science research field, including oncology, and of the methodologies and tools applied to the transference of research results to the private sector.
- Knowledge of the legislation applicable to patent protection at the national and European level, and experience in managing a patent portfolio.
- Experience dealing with research and transference agreements applicable to the research undertaken by CNIO Research Groups, including collaborative research agreements, CDAs, MTAs, licencing agreements and others.
- Previous experience of at least 5 years in positions of responsibility in other Offices of Transference of Technology or similar departments in public research institutions.
- Research experience in any field of life sciences in the public or private sector will be valued.
- Good organization and communication skills
- Fluent spoken and written English.

The CNIO offers:
- The opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned research Centre.
- An excellent working, multidisciplinary environment that combines basic and translational research in oncology.
- Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.
The CNIO is an international working environment that promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right, on basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions, and trade union membership.
Applicants should send their applications, including a detailed CV by e-mail to, quoting the reference XXXXXX in the subject line of the e-mail.