Careers in Tech Transfer

NIH has led the nation in technology transfer, resulting in many lifesavings drugs, vaccines, and medical devices. Technology transfer at the NIH is a process which transfers medical knowledge from NIH laboratories to other organizations for the purpose of developing that knowledge into medical products to enhance the public health. The following list contains active job openings within the various Technology Transfer Offices at NIH.

Current Listings


CDC's Office of Science - Health Scientist

The Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI) strives to encourage, foster, and develop innovative science, technologies, processes, and policies that support the CDC/ATSDR. The goal is to provide strategic leadership, coordination, and support for technology transfer and innovation in CDC science that will enhance the agency's ability to protect and promote the health of the public. OS supports scientific outreach, training, and collaboration in research and development activities that advance CDC’s mission and that engage other agencies, global partners, academia, innovators, and consumers. 

This is a Health Scientist position, with an emphasis on Technology Transfer. The Health Scientist will be part of OTI’s Technology Transfer Office and will evaluate, protect, market, monitor, license and manage the wide range of CDC’s scientific discoveries. 

 Responsibilities include: 

  • Evaluate inventions developed by CDC scientists and make recommendations on their disposition 
  • Manage a CDC technology portfolio in consideration of public health, legal, policy, scientific, and commercial considerations 
  • Develop, draft, and negotiate complex technology transfer agreements 
  • Assist in resolving intellectual property issues in a variety of agreement types 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of intellectual property and contract law, and government rules and regulations pertaining to and associated with technology transfer 

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NIAID Technology Transfer Fellowship Program

NIAID offers a technology transfer fellowship program to provide opportunities to qualified candidates in the exciting and expanding career field known as technology transfer. The program enables individuals to complement their science, business, and/or legal background with experience in technology transfer. 

Candidates must have received a master's or doctoral degree in the relevant fields within five years of the appointment start date and must be U.S. citizens.  

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please visit the NIAID Technology Transfer Fellowship Program page.

NCI TTC Fellowship Program

The mission of the DHHS/NIH/NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC) is to facilitate partnerships between external organizations and the research laboratories of the NCI and nine other NIH institutes and centers. The TTC has fellowship opportunities available to qualified candidates in the fast-growing field of technology transfer. The fellowships provide an opportunity to apply a science, legal or business background to a career in technology transfer, and create a new competency. The fellowship can prepare you for technology transfer positions within academia, industry, or the federal government.  

Minimum Requirements

  • An advanced degree in the sciences, law, business, economics, or public health.  All candidates must have a background in the sciences;
  • Have received most current degree within the last 8 years;
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (must hold green card) eligible for citizenship within 4 years;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please visit the NCI TTC Fellowship Program page


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