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Physical Sciences Director

Bellevue, Wa, Washington, United States

Ref#: 3448

Date published: 10/26/17

Intellectual Ventures ("IV") is a privately-held, invention investment company based in Bellevue, Washington. Driven by the belief that invention sparks progress, Intellectual Ventures invests in existing inventions and partners with individuals, universities and research labs worldwide to develop new inventions. Intellectual Ventures provides companies access to these inventions through a variety of licensing and partnering programs.  IV believes in the power of independent and unconventional approaches to problems.  The broad range of Intellectual Ventures' invention activity provides the opportunity for a breadth of activity across fields including computer network security, computational modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, chemistry, microbiology, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, medical devices, and aerospace engineering.

Deep Science (DS) is an evergreen invention development fund managed by Intellectual Ventures and founded on IV’s belief in the power of independent and unconventional approaches to solving problems. The Fund invests in ideas, inventions, and research from its intellectual property portfolio focusing on opportunities which have a long-term horizon and/or are higher scientific risk but which may have a significant or profound impact across multiple commercial areas.  The Fund’s IP portfolio is both deep and broad with asset groups in advanced physics, chemistry, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and agriculture.  The existing team has a long track record as technologists and as creators of successful products, startups and businesses.  

The Physical Sciences Director will be in charge of heading a discrete portfolio of projects within the Fund. A successful candidate will have the intelligence, creativity, agility and acumen to see paths from laboratory to market. 

Tasks will center upon developing and implementing strategies to shepherd these technical projects along the development curve. It will also involve recruiting and managing teams and working collaboratively across the organization. In addition, the Physical Sciences Director will work with, and be the primary IV interface to, external partners around the world such as universities, research institutes, government labs, funding agencies, development partners and end-user customers.

The Physical Sciences Director will be a key member of the senior Deep Science management team who is responsible for the strategy within their area of responsibility. The successful candidate, supported by existing Deep Science resources, will also have responsibility for budgeting, scheduling and reporting. 

  • Reporting to the Head of the Deep Science Fund, the Physical Sciences Director will:  
  • Provide scientific and technical leadership and overall project vision for projects under their management
  • Lead technical management of the projects as the progress from laboratory research, thru technology development, and into commercialization
  • Lead IV business development personnel to define and quantify the potential business opportunities; Lead the IV business team as they develop the appropriate business models to justify further investment in the project
  • Manage the filing of any relevant new intellectual property
  • Manage project schedules, track key deliverables, progress toward milestones, timelines, resources, and costs
  • Work within the Fund Management and other project team within the Fund to coordinate budgets, resource allocation, and timelines to meet external deadlines
  • Work with IV Legal to assist development of contracts, master service agreements, statements of work, and non-disclosure agreements with co-development partners and consultants
  • Report regularly on project progress
  • Lead the development of project risk mitigation and contingency strategies
  • Support quarterly founder reviews by ensuring on-time preparation and delivery of required pre-reads and presentations
Key Qualifications and Required Skills:
  • Grounded in physics or physical science with at least some experimental background; advanced degree a strong plus
  • 10+ years of strategic business and project management experience in technically related fields; startup, VC, or investment experience a plus
  • Sufficiently wide technical background to engage on technical basis with scientists, investigators, and investors regarding the progress, prospects, and issues for diverse projects. 
  • Experience managing multiple projects and managing to goals and budgets
  • Proven ability to effectively optimize multiple priorities, work on multiple projects, work to budget, and excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment 
  • Technical background and broad technical understanding sufficient to quickly learn and assimilate IV’s technologies as well as new technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results with cross-functional teams in a highly technical research environment
  • Demonstrated poise, professionalism and confidence when communicating with and presenting to high-profile audiences 
  • Able to establish credibility quickly and act with the authority/confidence gained through experience
  • A champion of ideas who accepts disagreements with maturity and consistently acts with the best-interests of the business at heart
  • Ability to work well with others and to quickly assimilate and understand information (including highly technical information)
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Proactive self-starter with approachable, positive, can-do attitude
  • Available for full-time work; willing to relocate; regular travel to IV may be required
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