KAUST Innovation is hiring!

Our innovation team is growing.

We are looking for talented technology transfer specialists who are as ambitious as the mission we are striving to achieve. We are particularly looking for expertise in company partnership development and early-stage investment, but also for people with the skills, talent, and ideas that can help KAUST achieve its transformative ambitions.

Interested in applying? Apply directly through our careers portal or get in touch: innovation@kaust.edu.sa

Current vacancies:

Divisional Development Manager (BESE)

The Divisional Development Manager (BESE) will be expected to lead a team of Engagement Managers and Officers to develop an understanding of the research interests of faculty and the capabilities of academic divisions and research centers.  They will also lead the promotion of these research capabilities and competencies to industry and quasi-government entities. Key outcomes of this role will be a growth in the number of their division’s engagements for: research collaborations, faculty consultancy, technology piloting, creation of startup companies and IP licensing deals.
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Patent & Contracts Manager

Reporting to the Director, Technology Management (TM} the Patent & Contracts Manager will be responsible for the management, maintenance and administration of university’s intellectual property (IP} repositories. This position will support all aspects of patent filings by developing and implementing relevant procedures to ensure seamless processing of patent prosecution. The Patent & Contracts Manager will ensure the integrity of the IP database and act as point of contact for IP analytics and metrics. Additionally, the Patent & Contracts Manager will be responsible for establishing and overseeing the department’s repository of licenses and other TM contracts as well as their compliance with contractual obligations.
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Economic Development Specialist

The Economic Development Specialist is responsible for engaging with KAUST’s faculty and researchers and promoting their capabilities to industry and government. Key outcomes of these engagements may include: research collaborations, faculty consultancy, technology piloting, creation of startup companies, expansion of the KAUST Research Technology Park (KRTP) and facilitation of IP licensing deals.
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Director Technology Transfer

The DTT will assume a core role in I&ED’s mission of catalyzing the diversification of the Saudi economy, contributing to the 2030 vision, and direct a sophisticated and comprehensive portfolio of industry and Government collaboration and development programs. The DTT will lead engagement with KAUST faculty and researchers to seek ways to commercialize their research, so that their ideas can make the greatest possible impact on the region and the world.

The Director will be responsible for delivering the strategic vision and mission of I&ED and, in addition, will:

  • Develop links between industry, Government, and KAUST.
  • Engage industry and Government with the KAUST Research Enterprise including defining and developing collaborative research projects leading to sponsored research agreements
  • Leverage KAUST’s scientific discoveries and emerging technologies.
  • Support technology scale-up and commercialization.
  • Promote KAUST’s talent pool to industry partners.

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Digital Media Associate

Part of the Marketing and Outreach team, the Digital Media Associate helps achieve our mission by producing high-quality marketing related content and creative communication initiatives. This position is responsible for producing digital media materials, including social media, and administrating the KAUST Innovation WordPress website including content and community management systems.
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Working at KAUST

KAUST believes that personal fulfillment and discovery are integral aspects of a rewarding professional life, the university makes it easy for faculty, staff and postdocs to balance their professional responsibilities with other aspects of their lives. KAUST provides ample opportunities and time to keep work and life in harmony – from vacations and holidays to an inviting campus community on the shores of the Red Sea, with all the seaside amenities and recreation facilities of a fine resort. Learn more.