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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI)  has the following list of positions open. Click the respective job title below to see an overview of the position. For more information about applying for positions at Virginia Tech visit www.jobs.vt.edu.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech is seeking an Associate Director of New Ventures. The office oversees the university-wide strategic initiatives and operational functions of Virginia Tech’s $520+ million research enterprise and is home to Link, The Center for Advancing Industry Partnerships, which is taking a holistic and integrated approach via a Discovery to Market model. This position is key to the ambitious plans Virginia Tech is making to be a leading 21st century land grant university that delivers innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

A successful candidate will work closely with stakeholders across the university to facilitate the commercialization of technologies with a focus on start-ups, new venture development, and licensing to small enterprises. In this role, the Associate Director of New Ventures will build collaborative relationships with key entrepreneurial faculty, staff, and post-docs, solicit invention disclosures in support of startup company formation, develop curriculum and training events for those interested in engaging in a startup, and track portfolio companies’ progress to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and research commercialization. A successful candidate will work as a member of a matrixed team to strong innovation management, including with business development professionals and Associate Directors and Directors of Technology Commercialization.

Link, The Center for Advancing Industry Partnerships, is seeking to fill several Director or Associated Director of Technology Commercialization positions. Link was founded to support an integrated and holistic approach to industry partnerships and innovation management based on a Discovery to Market model. Link is a strategic center within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech, which oversees the university-wide strategic initiatives and operational functions of Virginia Tech’s $520+ million research enterprise. The positions are key to the ambitious plans Virginia Tech is making to be a leading 21st century land grant university that delivers innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Link, the successful candidates will facilitate the commercialization of technologies, manage intellectual property and related assets, and foster strategic relationships with industry partners in collaboration with the broader Link team. The Director or Associate Director will not only manage intellectual property licensing, but also work closely with faculty, staff, and students on the full lifecycle of licensing-related activities. The positions will assess commercial applications of new technologies, identify and vet prospective partners, perform valuations/develop value proposition hypotheses, and implement strategies for the marketing of technologies.

The Attending Veterinarian and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources holds a critical position to ensure excellent animal care and welfare in all aspects of the university’s programs. Virginia Tech has one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation, encompassing a wide variety of vertebrate species used in biomedical, agricultural, veterinary, wildlife and fish research and instruction at the Blacksburg and Roanoke campuses as well as seven Agriculture Research and Extension locations across Virginia.

The laboratory and agricultural animal space encompasses multiple sites comprising the College of Veterinary Medicine including: the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA - ~58,000 sf and 150 acres; Laboratory Animal Resources - ~ 38,500 sf; decentralized/non-farm facilities - ~26,400 sf; and farm production units - ~170,000 sf and 1,600 acres. The Agricultural Research Extension Units, which include two beef, swine, sheep, horse, and fish facilities, have ~1,900 acres with associated farm buildings.

This position reports directly to the Vice President for Research and Innovation and is a member of the office’s senior leadership team.

The Chief of Staff plays a central role in ensuring that Virginia Tech’s research and innovation organizational strategy and priorities are clearly defined and effectively implemented.

This individual is the principal aide and analyst to the Vice President for Research and Innovation, serving as a key liaison with diverse internal and external constituencies and assisting in providing leadership and direction for institutional initiatives, special projects, time or critically sensitive decisions, internal communications, and policy development. He/she will help the Vice President and the senior leadership team of the office succeed as they work with the Virginia Tech community to introduce a new research and innovation strategic plan by keeping key projects on track, monitoring and evaluating progress, offering trusted counsel and feedback, and aligning and coordinating resources.

The person in this position plays a critical role in ensuring that various groups and stakeholders are aligned and working in concert to achieve shared goals and objectives. This requires an individual that possesses a deep understanding of today’s complex academic research and commercialization environment, exceptional organizational, problem solving and people skills, and great flexibility and patience.

The Chief of Staff reports directly to the Vice President and is a member of the office’s senior leadership team.

The Director of Finance is responsible for overseeing the finances for the research and innovation office. This individual is the principle analyst of the complex financial activities for the office, providing guidance to the Vice President and the senior leadership team on future financial plans in support of the university strategic plan.

He/she is the primary liaison to the Office of the Vice President for Finance and the research institutes, and works cooperatively with all other internal and external units involved in research and technology commercialization initiatives. This requires an individual that understands the big picture and is able to communicate well at all levels.

The Director of Finance reports directly to the Vice President and is a member of the office’s senior leadership team.

 

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Lynn Byrd
Human Resources Project Manager
byrd@vt.edu
540-231-8233

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