The position is in the Technology Transfer Program (TTP), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, DC. Utilizes an industry background and knowledge of business practices and procedures in serving the technology transfer customer service needs of the laboratories in VHA medical centers throughout the country.Learn more about this agency
Some of the duties include;
Monitors the activities of licenses after execution of licenses, to ensure compliance with license provisions, adequate development progress, and proper payments to VA.
Identifies potentially patentable inventions from work performed at VA.
Develops and implements marketing plans to identify prospective industry development partners.
Uses a variety of resources to analyze business practices and financials of interested prospective business partners.
Leads negotiations of patent licensing agreements.
Negotiates amendments to existing patent licensing agreements.
Advises on originating and drafting business and patent terms for complex Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).
Originates, drafts, negotiates and manages a portfolio of Material Transfer, Confidential Disclosure, Inter Institutional, Collaborative Technology Administration , Invention Management Agreements and licenses.
Conducts invention evaluations for commercial, scientific and technical merit and makes recommendations for the government to assert rights.
Establishes and negotiates business terms, including financial terms (royalties) and discusses the language of the license agreement with an interested company.
Develops and conducts educational programs designed to train VHA intramural investigators, administrative officers, etc.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, from 8:00am - 4:30pm
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- May be required to serve a probationary period
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
QualificationsBasic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. A transcript is required at the time of application.
In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also possess specialized experience as indicated below for either the GS-0601-13 and/or GS-0601-14 that you are applying for, to qualify for this position.
GS-0601-13: You must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Technology Transfer Specialist position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service GS-12. Specialized experience includes: possessing a working knowledge of biomedical and biotechnology industry business practices; Identify potentially patentable inventions that result from work performed at research facilities; Develops and implements marketing plans to identify prospective industry development partners inventions; Uses a variety of resources to analyze the business practices and financial viability of interested prospective business partners; Uses an analysis results together with knowledge of industry needs and practices to develop negotiating strategies for the negotiation of business terms; Monitor the activities of licenses after execution of licenses, to ensure compliance with license provisions, adequate development progress, and proper payments; and negotiates amendments to existing patent licensing agreements when justified by circumstance with limited supervision; industry knowledge from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines (e.g., biology, microbiology, chemistry, biotechnology, biochemistry, animal science genetics, bioengineering, electronics, physics, mathematics, allied health, computer science and others ).
GS-0601-14: You must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Technology Transfer Specialist position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service GS-13. Specialized experience includes: Specialized experience includes: possessing a working knowledge of biomedical and biotechnology industry business practices; Identify potentially patentable inventions that result from work performed at research facilities; Develops and implements marketing plans to identify prospective industry development partners inventions; Uses a variety of resources to analyze the business practices and financial viability of interested prospective business partners; Uses an analysis results together with knowledge of industry needs and practices to develop negotiating strategies for the negotiation of business terms; Monitor the activities of licenses after execution of licenses, to ensure compliance with license provisions, adequate development progress, and proper payments; Negotiates amendments to existing patent licensing agreements when justified by circumstance; industry knowledge from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines (e.g., biology, microbiology, chemistry, biotechnology, biochemistry, animal science genetics, bioengineering, electronics, physics, mathematics, allied health, computer science and others ).
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Analysis and Problem Solving
- Analytical Thinking
- Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Physical Requirements: The work involves mostly office posture, entailing long periods of sitting in one position, intense concentration, and job-related pressure to meet critical legal deadlines. The position's work, while primarily sedentary, requires some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items such as papers, books and files, but normally places few physical demands. The position also includes the occasionally physical ability to meet with scientists and other staff including travel to and from VA medical center and prospective licensees.
Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (844) 456-5208.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter
- VA Disability Letter
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/19/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10420875.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
VHA National Recruitment Center
AddressVHA Servicing Human Resources Office
2402 Wildwood Ave Suite 301
Sherwood, AR 72120
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
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