Transaction Associate – Technology Transfer and Legal Department

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Job Location
One Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
commensurate with experience

Comprehensive benefits package

Job Description

Transaction Associate – Technology Transfer and Legal Department

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), located on the North Shore of Long Island, is seeking an attorney to fill the position of Transactions Associate in our Technology Transfer and Legal departments. The Transactions Associate will report to the General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel and will have responsibilities including contract drafting and support, post deal management, sponsored programs support, assessment of consulting and visiting scientist arrangements, and patent strategy and management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Contract drafting and support. Draft and negotiate licenses, option agreements, industry-sponsored research agreements, MTAs, CDAs, Inter-institutional agreements and other IP-related agreements.

Post deal management. Maintain and manage existing IP-related agreements and relations with third parties, including ensuring compliance with diligence terms and payment obligations and monitoring progress in product development.

Sponsored Programs support. Review grant and foundation agreements received from Office of Sponsored Programs; track license, royalty and patent prosecution-related obligations under these agreements to ensure CSHL meets its obligations and does not enter into conflicting agreements.

Consulting and Visiting Scientist obligations. Review researcher consulting agreements to ensure they comply with CSHL’s standard provisions (e.g., IP ownership). Coordinate with Human Resources Department regarding agreements and other documentation for academic and industry scientists temporarily conducting research at CSHL (Visiting Scientists).

Patentability and patent strategy. Evaluate and analyze new invention disclosures (initial review; prior art search; meet with inventor(s); collect and evaluate information from industry reviewers; coordinate with Chief Patent Counsel regarding patent prosecution strategy).

Patent management. Patent related activities including assistance in selection of outside patent counsel, decisions regarding when and where to file patent applications, managing relationships with outside patent counsel, managing inventory of unlicensed cases from a financial perspective, and maintaining records in CSHL database for US and foreign patent filings.


Position Requirements:

• BS/BA in biotech related field (required) and a JD (required). Advanced degree in the life sciences (preferred).

• Minimum 5 years of experience in drafting and negotiating IP and technology-related agreements and post deal management. Corporate business development experience is a plus and work with industry clients or within a company is required.

• Strong analytic and problem solving skills.

• Track record of successful drafting, negotiation, execution and management of various agreements.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Intellectual and conceptual flexibility and creativity, with the ability to analyze, interpret, present, and write about complex ideas and concepts in a clear, concise fashion.

• The natural ability to rapidly prioritize as well as execute while exhibiting a sense of urgency and good judgment.

• Understanding and appreciation of CSHL’s primary missions of research and education, and the desire to serve the professionals who execute on those missions.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

If interested, please apply for this position via the CSHL careers website at:

Position Number: 00924-A

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and educational institution with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics and bioinformatics. The Laboratory is recognized internationally for its excellence in research and educational activities.

For more information about CSHL, please visit us at

CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

How to Apply

If interested, please apply for this position via the CSHL careers website at:

Position Number: 00924-A

About Our Organization

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned, private research and education institution with research programs in Cancer, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology, and Bioinformatics & Genomics. The research environment is highly collaborative, allowing CSHL scientists to work together across disciplines to solve biology’s most challenging problems. The ultimate goal is to apply this research on basic biological mechanisms to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, neurological disorders and other diseases.

Research at the Laboratory is enriched by collaborations with scientists at other universities, hospitals, and in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. Scientific interaction and exchange of new ideas within the institution's research community is enhanced by a robust Meeting and Courses program that attracts approximately 9,850 scientists from around the world each year to CSHL facilities on Long Island.  A new meeting venue in China attracts an additional 2,650 participants.

The innovative spirit, vision, and talent of the Laboratory’s scientists continue to place CSHL among the top 1% of life science institutions most cited in published research. The dynamic, collaborative environment at CSHL also fosters a superb educational experience for an outstanding group graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

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