Deputy Director of the Technology Transfer Office
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is Hong Kong’s leading research university that is consistently ranked among top schools worldwide. Established in 1911, HKU is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Its Strategically Oriented Research Themes encompass not just areas of strength, but also ambition and potential, such as SmartBio and HealthTech, Future Innovative Technologies, Smart Systems and Sustainable Society, and Intelligence, Data, E-Commerce and Automation. There are ten Faculties at the University: Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences. The University’s students and staff — including over 2,500 professoriate and other academic staffs, about 17,000 undergraduates and over 12,000 graduate students — come from Hong Kong and over 100 countries, generating a unique breadth of experience and perspective. According to Clarivate Analytics, 114 of HKU’s Professors were ranked among the world's top 1% of scientists in 2018.
The University is now seeking to appoint a Deputy Director of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) (Ref.: 499515). The Deputy Director will work with the Director of TTO to oversee the technology transfer activities at HKU; review, formulate and implement technology transfer strategies and policies; promote the generation and commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP); manage the University’s IP portfolio; license IP to existing companies and startups; support the establishment of startups and drive the commercialization of technology. Increasing the commercialization of IP and industry-sponsored research, ensuring effective operation and stewardship of HKU IP assets, increasing the number of HKU start-ups and ensuring effective operation of the innovative ecosystem at HKU will be the position’s KPIs.
Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in technology fields and at least 10 years’ relevant work experience. They should have a proven track-record of providing effective leadership in technology transfer in a leading research-intensive university or similar organization with a strong focus in translational research; demonstrated ability in academic-industrial collaboration; experience in technology licensing, business incubation, marketing and consulting; rich entrepreneurial development skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and a commitment to setting and meeting aspirational targets. A good command of written and spoken English and Chinese (including Putonghua) is required. Knowledge of legal framework in technology management, and previous professional experience in Mainland China would be definite advantages.
A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. The appointment will be for a 3-year term, subject to renewal.
The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Review of applications will start in late January 2020 and will continue until an appointment is made.