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Deputy Director, Tech Transfer (Contract till 31 Mar 2026), IIE at Singapore Management University

Deputy Director, Tech Transfer (Contract till 31 Mar 2026), IIE

Singapore Management University Singapore Permanent
  • This position is for Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE).
  • Provide leadership to the Licensing team under his/her charge in matters relating to IP management, translation, licensing and industry engagement to support the commercialisation of SMU innovations.
  • Lead, strategise, formulate, spearhead and execute technology transfer initiatives and activities at SMU to generate economic and societal impact.
  • Develop strong relationships with SMU research community to catalyse and facilitate the commercialisation of SMU’s IPs.
  • Work with OLGA (Office of Legal and General Affairs) on SMU’s IP (Intellectual Property) Policy for IPs related to technology transfer.
  • Work with various internal stakeholders to formulate and implement initiatives that will improve and facilitate the technology transfer process, such as:
    • Formulating a university’s patenting strategy to identify key thematic areas where the university should focus its resources in patent applications.
    • Improving the licensing process for licensing to established or SMU spin-off companies.
    • Any other new initiatives that may be required from time to time.
  • Provide training to university faculty and staff on technology transfer matters, such as invention disclosures, patent application process, licensing terms, open-source codes and their licenses, and the university’s policy and processes for such matters.
  • Maintain and monitor SMU’s IP portfolio to track costs incurred, licensing terms, revenue generated, etc.
  • Strengthen the IP ecosystem by connecting knowledge with market needs to achieve economic and social impact.
  • Support early-stage translational projects, including PoC or prototyping to improve the commercial or market potential of research outcomes, thereby reducing the commercialisation risk of early-stage technologies.
  • Network with executives in industry, and peers in academic institutions and licensing associations to develop relationships and gain a broader understanding of industry-academic relationships outside of SMU. Promote SMU and best practices in presentations at industry and academic research conferences and technology transfer conferences.
  • Continuously evaluate the performance and commercial potential of SMU’s IP portfolio to determine the IP protection and commercial exploitation strategy.


  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, or other computing and infocomm-related areas.
  • 15 years of working experience with minimum 8 years of licensing experience. 
  • Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), and other academic certifications in IP law will be an added advantage.
  • A high degree of energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to promoting technology transfer for economic and societal impact.
  • Leadership experience in academic technology transfer or experience in business or industry development. Minimum 8 years of licensing experience, with a preference for an in-depth understanding of and experience in a public research environment.
  • Proven leadership and experience to support and grow the professional development of technology transfer staff.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal offices and third parties, including other academic institutions, industry and government agencies to achieve organisation goals.
  • Deep understanding of the academic research environment, including the various stakeholders of an academic technology transfer office.
  • Possesses a strong track record in IP negotiation and contract development, and business operations across academic-industry interface.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) and interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively with and influence internal and external stakeholders.

Other Information

Candidates who do not possess the stipulated qualifications but have relevant work experience may still apply. Remuneration and appointment terms shall commensurate with qualifications and experience. SMU reserves the right to modify the appointment terms where necessary.

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