Los Alamos National Laboratory Agreements Specialist (Technology Transfer Professional 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
Come join the brightest minds at the most innovative R&D facility supporting our national security! The Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation (FCI) is hiring an Agreements Specialist to work with the Strategic Sponsored Work team which focuses on agreements such as Non-Disclosure, User Facility, Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) (both Federal and non-Federal), and Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA). As the agreements specialist, you will:
Interface and integrate contract and business development functions for delivering on proposal and agreement requirements;
Work with and support FCI Contracts Team, Business Development Team, Licensing and Intellectual Property Teams, Laboratory program directors/managers, line managers, principal investigators (PIs), company executives, Laboratory and corporate attorneys, and CRADA/SPP team members to develop agreements appropriate for each business endeavor which could result in a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), user facility agreement, strategic partnership project (SPP), or collaborative research and development agreement (CRADA);
Work with Line, Program and FCI staff on various Federal and Non-Federal Entity proposals and proposal awards awarded by Federal sponsor and/or through a non-Federal entity;
Submit and track invention disclosures arising from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funded research in the system iEdison as well as ensure the information contained in that system is identical to invention disclosures in FCI’s IP Manager system;
Interact with Office of General Counsel (OGC) on Intellectual Property (IP) issues to ensure OGC-IP’s review of FCI proposed agreements is understood and to convey feedback related to legal or business risks associated with an agreement and integrate appropriate agreement modifications as needed;
Identify deviations in proposed FCI agreements from compliance regulations that include DOE Orders, Federal Regulations, Guidance documents/memos, and LANL Prime Contract requirements and other policies and procedures that apply to sponsored work and work with business development and OGC-IP staff;
Work with business development and OGC-IP staff to modify or amend agreements as needed to align with compliance regulations;
Utilize dedicated electronic systems, maintaining detailed accurate records, ensuring agreement compliance, and any application of associated processes for each designated agreement type;
Interact with the Los Alamos Field Office (LANL’s DOE oversight office) which may include Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) notifications and approvals (FOA/NOI) and other interactions to finalize various funding and project approvals;
Working with company executives, lawyers (as appropriate), and DOE officials to establish agreements such as those listed above;
Maintain a high volume of on-going agreement negotiations;
Understand and explain standard DOE/LANL/Triad agreement language to potential industrial partners as well as internal LANL personnel;
Maintain agreements related data in Laboratory databases;
Report on the status of agreements to various audiences;
Assist the technical staff in understanding and following agreement procedures;
Actively participate in the Strategic Sponsored Work team to understand and resolve agreement-related issues that may arise through an agreement’s negotiation or lifecycle;
Provide input on process improvements;
Participate in additional activities in the areas of Federal sponsored work, which may include funds-in processing, assisting with proposal processes and utilizing associated electronic systems.
There is nothing ordinary about the work being done at LANL, and FCI is no exception. FCI advances LANL’s scientific and engineering research through progressive approaches to developing and managing intellectual property assets through the technology transfer life cycle. FCI fosters our innovation capacity by nurturing and sustaining key public/private partnerships, building a strategic portfolio of inter-agency work to enhance Laboratory mission impact, transitioning technologies from lab to market for commercial implementation, and promoting regional economic development.
FCI has a diverse set of business and technical specialists ( 40 staff) that work across six collaborative teams: Agreements for Sponsored Research, Business Development, Intellectual Property (IP) Management, Innovation Assets and Data Management, Licensing, and Technology Engagement and Entrepreneurship. The organization assists with agreements across the full spectrum of research done at LANL including a broad set of technical topics such as, biological, chemical and earth sciences, materials science, quantum information science, high performance computing and engineering.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Proposals and Contracts
Demonstrated basic knowledge of proposal mechanisms; Demonstrated basic knowledge of contractual mechanisms
Demonstrated basic knowledge of general marketing concepts and tools
Proven ability to build rapport and converse with diverse constituencies, including Principal Investigators, various levels of staff and management both internal and external to the Laboratory
Proven ability to translate technical concepts into agreement language, such as non-disclosure purpose and discussion topics, statements of work and/or invention disclosures
Proven ability to multi-task, such as managing multiple agreements in parallel in a fast-paced environment;
Demonstrated excellent communication skills, including speaking, writing, presenting, listening and negotiating with technical, legal and business professionals
Demonstrated initiative, versatility, and accuracy in the performance of work product; Must have an excellent record of dependability, availability, attendance and punctuality
Basic knowledge of project management concepts to assist with oversight of agreement portfolio throughout its lifecycle;
Education/Experience : Bachelor’s degree in business or administration or related field. Position typically requires a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A paralegal degree or certificate, or a Project Management Institute certificate would be of merit.
Advanced degree preferred.
Background in working with federal laboratory scientists in contract R&D proposal submission, technology transferand project management;
Background in risk management in this area or other occupations;
Familiarity working with business development personnel and IP management personnel to navigate any complexities related to technology portfolios to be leveraged under new opportunities (i.e., what would be the impact of this work if awarded on other efforts?);
Basic understanding or familiarity with Laboratory Prime Contract, Technology Transfer legislation, and relevant DOE Orders and Federal Regulations associated with Sponsored Work.
Understanding of basic IP rights, laws, policies, and procedures and how they may be used in negotiations.
Basic knowledge of training concepts and program development practices.
Demonstrated on-the-job experience working with formal DOE, Federal Lab or University contract mechanisms as described herein.
Current DOE Clearance desired.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine :
The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires. Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .
Note to Applicants:
In addition to the resume or CV, please include a cover letter addressing each of the minimum job requirements and/or desired skills.
Anticipated occasional (1-2 times per year) travel as required for participation with DOE/NNSA Complex colleagues on committees and working groups.
Writing samples may be requested.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Contact Name Weber, Paul Harlan
Vacancy Name: IRC90614
Organization Name FCI-DO/Richard P Feynman Center For Innovation
Minimum Salary 71000
Maximum Salary 112700
Req ID: IRC90614