The Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies (Rice360) through its innovative research and education programs develops highly effective, low-cost technology solutions that address critical healthcare challenges in low-resource communities, as well as a cadre of future leaders to continue to innovate and implement solutions. The Rice360 Director of Invention Education (IvE) Partnerships, under the supervision of the Rice360 Executive Director and the faculty Co-Directors, Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. Maria Oden, will serve as the lead for invention education program activities to be developed and implemented in collaboration with global partners in the U.S. and in Africa, and will be based in Houston, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, or Nigeria.
The Rice360 Director of IvE Partnerships will lead:
The Rice360 Director of IvE Partnerships will liaise with and guide collaborators on the integration of invention education curriculum and activities at IvE partner sites, including: the planning and installation of innovation design studios, coordination and execution of faculty trainings/workshops on invention education, cross-site coordination of undergraduate international internship programs, and support of faculty champions and advocacy for integration of invention education within their engineering curriculum. She/he will take a leading role in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on invention education program implementation and progress, including serving as the primary liaison with IvE program funding agencies and ensuring that all activities are in line with the Rice360 mission, policies, principles and operating practices.
The ideal candidate is experienced in technology design, translation, and commercialization, with a deep understanding of the process of bringing technologies from universities to the marketplace. In addition, the ideal candidate has extensive experience in innovation ecosystems, including innovation hubs, entrepreneurship training, and industry partnerships for the implementation of engineering education programs that advance innovation and entrepreneurship to address healthcare challenges in low-resource settings. And is willing and able to live in Houston, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania or Nigeria, with frequent international travel across sub-Saharan Africa.
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