Career Opportunities

UIRF Postdoctoral Associate

The University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) offers up to four full-time, two-year postdoctoral positions for recent PhD graduates in STEM fields who are interested in exploring career opportunities outside of a traditional academic faculty position and who would like to obtain hands-on experience relevant for careers in university administration, corporate business development and intellectual property management, and other positions.

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Position description: These positions are the backbone of our team-based approach to university technology transfer. Postdoctoral Associates work directly with one of UIRF’s Senior Licensing Associates to identify, evaluate, protect, market, and license UI-invented technologies. Specific responsibilities include:

Technology scouting: Establish relationships with faculty, staff, post-doc, and student researchers in specific UI departments. Identify ongoing research programs that might yield new innovations. Assist UI researchers in completing invention disclosures.

Innovation assessment: Market research on the commercial potential of invention disclosures and initial evaluation on the strength of intellectual property protection for such disclosures.

Marketing: Produce marketing campaign materials, identify potential corporate partners, work with third-party marketing services, and facilitate interactions between UI researchers and corporate partners.

Licensing and agreements: Assist Senior Licensing Associates in drafting confidentiality agreements, term sheets, and license agreements. Participate as a member of the UIRF team in licensing negotiations.

Assist other UI administrative offices: Work with other offices on intellectual property terms as they affect sponsored research agreements, conflict of interest compliance, and new venture creation.

Career networking: Connect with technology transfer professionals in the state of Iowa, the region, and nationwide to identify career opportunities at the completion of the two-year postdoctoral position.

By the end of the two-year position, each post-doctoral associate will have had hands-on experience with all aspects of university technology transfer, will have had exposure to similar positions within academia and industry, and will be able to point to specific training opportunities and completed projects for future job searches.

Position requirements:


  • Completion of a PhD in a STEM field within the last year; or, anticipated completion of the PhD within the next six months; or currently serving as a post-doctoral scholar/fellow
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Must be eligible to work with technology under Export Control guidelines (


  • Familiarity with research being conducted at the University of Iowa