University of Kentucky: Director of Technology Transfer


Take your career to the next level at this public land-grant institution with grant and contract awards totaling $285 million in 2015. The University of Kentucky has increased its grants and contracts awards value by an impressive $25.7 million from 2014-15. Its work is recognized in the public and private sector with Federal agency awards comprising 53.7% of the University’s total awards.

As Director of Technology Transfer, you’ll lead the commercialization efforts and the Intellectual Property Development and Technology Transfer Offices within the Office of the Vice President for Research.  In consultation with the VPR and AVPRs, the Director will implement a vision, strategy, and organizational structure to maximize the effectiveness of the office in serving the needs of faculty, staff, students, and external clients.

Growth in technology transfer activities is a priority at UK, and serves as a major performance metric for the research enterprise in the University’s 2015-2020 strategic plan.


The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of and skill in:

  • Building a technology transfer department
  • Management of staff and stakeholders
  • Customer service, communications, and negotiation


The University of Kentucky desires someone with extensive business and leadership skills as well as the ability to plan, develop and implement the organization’s operational policies, strategic objectives, and initiatives. Click here for the University of Kentucky Job Specification and detailed information about responsibilities and qualifications.


The Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington is Kentucky’s second-largest city and is a cultural hub of the state. In many ways it’s just the right size. It offers a friendly, small-town feel with all the urban amenities and varied employment opportunities of larger cities.

Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, Lexington is strategically located and is also accessible by air with approximately 100 direct and nonstop flights. Lexington is a welcoming and inclusive community, making it #66 on the country’s Best Places to Live in 2015. It boasts an emerging technology scene and thriving entrepreneurial spirit and a highly regarded public school system that is ranked #7 in the nation by GreatSchools.


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