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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director, Technology Deployment & Outreach in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312129

Directorate: Deputy Director for Science & Technology

Division: Technology Deployment & Outreach

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Director for our Technology Deployment and Outreach office. The director will have responsibility for creating national impact from the identification, protection, and commercialization of intellectual assets created by PNNL’s scientific and engineering staff. Key to this effort will be close collaboration with senior leaders in our research directorates. The director will develop novel pathways for technology transition approaches and have a voice in Department of Energy (DOE) and National Laboratory contractor working groups. The director also is responsible for PNNL’s economic development activities and affiliations with state, regional, and national technology-based business associations. Several of PNNL’s strategic objectives critically depend on establishing productive and strategic relationships with commercial industry.

Job Description:

  • Manage the maturation and transfer of technology in alignment with the science and technology objectives of the laboratory

  • Support an industrial engagement strategy that improves the commercialization and impact of PNNL technologies and assists PNNL’s research organizations to acquire more funding to transition intellectual property and leverage laboratory capabilities.

  • Identify, assess, and manage potentially valuable commercial intellectual property (IP) from submitted invention reports; protect the IP through patents, copyrights and other means; review and approve the commitment of IP in licenses and other agreements; and actively market private IP to commercial and other deployment partners.

  • Manage the Laboratory’s discretionary resource investment in commercialization and technology deployment with the goal of optimizing outcomes for all stakeholders.

  • Support the establishment of partnerships that result in new ventures (startups) based on PNNL-developed technology, when appropriate.

  • Execute programs that provide resources to assist technology-based businesses to start, grow and diversify. These programs include the provision of world-class experts, facilities, and other Laboratory resources, as appropriate.

  • Partner with PNNL’s R&D organizations to expand and accelerate the impact of direct-funded programs across the Laboratory’s science, energy and environment, and national security research portfolios.

  • Maintain ongoing, productive interactions with other DOE labs, DOE’s PNNL Site Office, DOE sponsors, community leaders, private companies, partners, and Battelle’s Commercialization Council/other Corporate functions regarding development, investment, commercialization, technology-related policy, and economic development activities.

  • Maintain relationships and influence with Tri-Cities, Washington State and Pacific Northwest technology-based ecosystems, including with other research institutions, non-profits, and industry-based groups to support PNNL’s technology transfer and research missions.

  • Lead a team of commercialization, development, and support staff who are skilled and knowledgeable in IP management, technology trends and developments, economic development, and technology policy; maintain a close, operational working relationship with PNNL’s IP Legal and financial services groups.

  • Promote entrepreneurial capability within PNNL’s research staff to improve the level of engagement in technology commercialization and accelerate transition of technology to market; support and maintain PNNL’s entrepreneurship training and leave programs.

  • Provide leadership and expectations for compliance with all PNNL contract obligations, operating policy, and DOE policy applicable to technology transfer and external engagements.

  • Steward the systems that support PNNL’s technology commercialization process, such as the Staff Rewards and Recognition Program, the IP Management Information System, and the invention disclosure and patenting/copyright processes.

Level 4: Leads through subordinate managers; contributes to the development of functional/operational long-term strategy and develops annual plans to ensure alignment. Applies broad industry knowledge and commercial awareness to drive financial performance. Provides leadership and direction through managers. Is accountable for the performance and results of multidisciplinary teams. Executes business plans and contributes to the development of functional strategy. Decisions are guided by functional or major operational segment strategy and priorities.

Level 5: Leads the development of national/international programs involving multiple laboratories, BMI, universities and industry; develops and executes long-term functional strategy to achieve key business objectives. Instrumental in Lab or sector-wide capability development. Applies in-depth knowledge of own organization function or major operational segment as well as business and commercial expertise to differentiate the Laboratory. Provides leadership and direction through senior managers. Is accountable for the performance and results of multiple functions/activities across the Laboratory. Develops and executes strategy to achieve key business objectives. Decisions are guided by Laboratory and functional strategy and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree with 12 plus years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 10 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree with 15 plus years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 13 years of experience.

  • Technology assessment, marketing, licensing, and economic development experience in academic, National Laboratory, or industrial settings.

  • Experience in the negotiation and preparation of complex technology licensing agreements as well as non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and sponsor- or partner-funded research agreements.

  • Knowledge of Federal law regarding technology transfer and economic development activities; a working knowledge of U.S. patent law; an understanding of the patent process.

  • Ability to recruit and develop staff with a diverse set of talents.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to clearly communicate strategy, value of the organization and its capabilities to internal and external audiences.

  • The highest standards of ethics and integrity; the ability to maintain confidentiality; and a scrupulous commitment to the interests of PNNL and its stakeholders.

  • The ability to succeed in a research and development environment with a strong sponsor and business focus. Highly collaborative; able to motivate scientists and engineers to engage in IP and technology transfer activities.

  • An active thought leader and problem solver.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Deputy Dir for S&T

Job Category: Managers

Group: Deputy Dir for S&T

Opening Date: 2021-05-18

Closing Date: 2021-06-29