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NEXT Lab Director of Commercialization and Development

Apply now Job no: 492867
Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Staff

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position NEXT Lab Director of Commercialization and Development
Posting Location Abilene, TX
Department Engineering and Physics - NEXT Lab
Employee Class Exempt Full-time
Basic Responsibilities
  1. Technology Commercialization
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Business Development
Essential Duties
  1. Technology Commercialization
    1. Assemble business cases based on research of technology assets identifying potential commercial markets, competing technologies and barriers to market entry
  2. Strategic Planning
    1. Formulate strategic plan for development and commercialization of prioritized technologies in the pipeline.
    2.  Develop frameworks and perspectives on value propositions and business models for new technology ideas.
    3.  Lead teams to assess strategic and financial value of research initiatives.
  3. Business Development
    1. Actively engage with NEXT researchers and executive leadership to identify, evaluate and manage new strategic business opportunities for current and pipeline technologies.
    2. Prioritize opportunities for product development and innovation based on estimated value and potential ROI.
    3. Partner with executive leadership, university researchers, legal advisors, regulatory and policy to execute development plans.
Professional Development Requirements
  1. Skills 
  1. Visionary leadership
  2. Strong business acumen


  1. Professional
  1. Bachelor’s Degree from four-year college or university preferred
  2. Entrepreneurially minded and roll-up-sleeves attitude
  3. Proven experience and education in researching and understanding customer and market requirements to commercialize new technologies
  4. Ability to plan and manage at both the strategic and operational levels
  1. Personal

  1. Ability to quickly build relationships and credibility with technical personnel
  2. Excellent team player
Excellent oral and written communication skills; listening and presentations skills
Physical Demands
  1. Office work that primarily involves sitting/standing.
  2. Ascending and descending stairs to attend meetings.
Additional Information

ACU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.


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