Intellectual Property Work and Technology Transfer

Many STEM PhDs find their knowledge of the commercialization of technology and science applicable to the field of technology transfer and intellectual property work. This career is best for PhDs who enjoy analysis in a fast-paced environment, especially in law firms. While being a patent lawyer requires a J.D., working as a patent analyst or technical specialist does not require a J.D., but might be a good starting point for STEM PhDs interested in law. For more details on this career path, see NCA's general page on Law and Versatile PhD

Career Exploration
(Year 1-2)
Core Competency Development
(Year 2-4)
Job Search
(Year 5+)

Various Career Panels and Speakers through TGS

One-on-One Appointments through NCA

Conduct an Informational Interview

Attend NU Club Events

TGS Resources for New Students

NCA List of External Career Resources

NEXT Externship Program

Explore Versatile PhD


Explore The Farley Center's opportunities, including NU Summer Accelerator

Fellowship in Leadership 

Management for Scientists and Engineers 

Speaking and Presenting

RSG Research Communication Program

CLIMB Communication Resources for Scientists

Advanced Professional and Presentation Skills for Graduate Students Seminar


New TA Conference 

New TA Conference Workshop Leader

Writing and Research

Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshops and Consultations

Dissertation Bootcamp

Ongoing Writing Workshops

Graduate Writing One-on-One Consultations

NCA and TGS Workshops on Cover Letters, etc.

Prepare for Interviews with NCA

Create a CareerCat Profile

One-on-One Appointments through NCA