Massachusetts Institute of Technology Translational Research Program Director in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Description

TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)-Tata Center for Technology and Design, to play an important role in building on the initial success of the Tata Center by leading its efforts to shape and position promising projects for large scale deployment and social impact in developing countries. Will work closely with the director, executive director, and associated faculty, students, and other researchers to conceive product and service strategies based on technology created within the center; develop new business strategies to bring these products and services to market; and identify prospective commercial development partners. Will also work closely with MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem (i.e., Tata Trusts, Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, FISE, Deshpande Center, D-Lab, Venture Mentoring Service, Martin Trust Center, Legatum Center, Media Lab Emerging Worlds Program, JWAFS, MIT Engine); and advise and teach Tata Center students by keeping regular office hours, leading extracurricular training workshops, and participating in the weekly Tata Proseminar as a lecturer and coach.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in a technical field; teaching and student mentoring experience in a university setting; at least three years’ work experience post Ph.D. in a managing role within a technology investment firm; significant senior management experience; familiarity with intellectual property, business development, and technology licensing; substantial familiarity with sub-Saharan Africa and India, with active commercial and investment relationships in the developing world; familiarity with investment and the investment community relating to social enterprises; strong interest in technology development and related policy, especially for developing countries; knowledge of capital formation, business creation, and early stage business development; and significant experience working with early stage entrepreneurs and supporting high risk companies. Job #14849

Must be willing to travel internationally and domestically up to 20% of the year.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Job Number: 14849

Functional Area: Administration

Department: MIT Energy Initiative

School Area: VP Research

Employment Type: Full-Time

Employment Category: Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No