Research Fellows in Technology Licensing
Cornell University
United States

Innovation Fellows

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The Cornell Innovation Fellows

The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University’s technology transfer office and manages Cornell technologies from Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and Cornell AgriTech.

CTL’s mission is to catalyze technology commercialization to (i) develop products and services from Cornell innovations for societal benefit, (ii) promote new technology ventures to foster economic development within New York State and across the nation, and (iii) increase industry engagement by leveraging Cornell research.

For more information about the CTL, please visit:

Innovation Fellows Program Details:

CTL is proud to launch its new Innovation Fellows program that will provide post-doctoral fellows and/or recent PhD graduates the opportunity to work full-time for a period of up to three years at CTL.  The position will be based at Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, NY – to either join the Life Sciences Team, or the Engineering/Physical Sciences Team. 

Under the tutelage of Business Development and Licensing professionals, Fellows will report to the Associate Director of their respective team and support the following functions:

  • Outreach to Cornell researchers (faculty, staff and students) and scout potential technologies for commercialization, startup and partnerships by devoting significant time to meeting with researchers and participating in on campus seminars and events.
  • Work with the team in assessing market potential of technologies by conducting market research and surveys of emerging technologies including market size, competition, barriers to entry, and trends. Perform marketing campaigns for selected cases and coordinate efforts in across different fields and disciplines.
  • Prepare innovation roadmap to support IP protection, marketing and prioritization of different portfolios. Help move the technology to commercialization or facilitate startup formation with increasingly better understanding of the commercialization path.
  • Support team for business development and business contracts – After gaining sufficient knowledge, engage in the negotiation and drafting of agreements for selected cases.
  • Support forming business plan strategy for selected portfolios and help build network and ecosystem for startup formation and growth.

At the end of the term, successful Innovation Fellows will have gained significant experience to embark on a career in the directions of technology licensing, startups, business development, and/or IP protection.

Successful candidates will have exceptional team working ability, communication skills, be service-minded, with proven interest in innovation commercialization, entrepreneurship and/or a career in technology transfer.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a STEM discipline
  • Excellent communication skills – listening, presenting, and writing – with different stakeholders from diverse background
  • Service-minded, detail-oriented individual who thrives in a demanding and collaborative environment that encourages critical, strategic thinking with proven ability to also work and learn independently

Please note: We are currently only accepting applications for the Life Sciences Team. We expect to have additional openings for the Engineering/Physical Sciences Team in the future.

How to Apply:

Submit applications by email to: Camila Fuhr Diel at Please note "Innovation Fellow" in the subject heading, and put the CV, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation in a single PDF file.

Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

Notice to Applicants:

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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