Program Manager, Technology Transfer

Los Altos, CA; Cambridge, MA /
Exploratory Research – Technology Transfer /
Full-time
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re working to build a future where everyone has the freedom to move, engage, and explore with a focus on reducing vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Join us in our mission to improve the quality of human life through advances in artificial intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. We’re dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life. Through innovations in AI, we’ll help…

- Develop vehicles incapable of causing a crash, regardless of the actions of the driver.
- Develop technology for vehicles and robots to help people enjoy new levels of independence, access, and mobility.
- Bring advanced mobility technology to market faster.
- Discover new materials that will make batteries and hydrogen fuel cells smaller, lighter, less expensive and more powerful.
- Develop human-centered AI systems to augment (not replace) human decision making to increase the quality of decisions (e.g. mitigate cognitive biases) and/or to facilitate faster innovation cycles.

Our work is guided by a dedication to safety – in both what we research and how we perform our research our goal is to benefit society. As a subsidiary of Toyota, TRI is fueled by a diverse and inclusive community of people who carry invaluable leadership, experience, and ideas from industry-leading companies. Over half of our technical team carries PhD degrees. We’re continually searching for the world’s best talent ‒ people who are ready to define the new world of mobility with us!

We strive to build a company that helps our people thrive, achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun environment with forward-thinking people who enjoy solving tough problems and the financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. Come work with TRI if you’re interested in transforming mobility through designing technology for safer cars, enabling the elderly to age in place, or designing alternative fuel sources. Start your impossible with us.

TRI's Technology Transfer team engages in direct interactions with the Toyota group (including Toyota Motor Company, Toyota Motor North America, Toyota Motor Europe, affiliates, subsidiaries, and partners) to identify unmet needs and technical challenges, and shares this information with TRI leadership and technical teams to identify potential areas for future TRI projects or applications of current TRI capabilities. 

Responsibilities:

    • Assist the Chief Science Officer to establish and manage the TRI technology transfer program
    • Interact with TRI technical teams to understand and document capabilities
    • Perform technology scouting to identify Toyota groups that may benefit from TRI technology, methods, results, or tools
    • Identify specific Toyota group staff that TRI engineers can work with to transfer technology
    • Share information about TRI capabilities with identified Toyota groups
    • Drive and facilitate the technology transfer process, following through on connections between TRI and Toyota
    • Plan and manage technology transfer events including (a) workshops with relatively narrow, focused audiences for specific TRI projects, and (b) showcase events with relatively broad, general audiences for TRI technical developments.

Qualifications:

    • Working knowledge of the science, engineering, technology, and application of AI
    • 4+ years of experience in hands-on development of a system using AI
    • 8+years of experience in a related position
    • (Preferred) Experience in technology transfer, taking capabilities from R&D into production
    • Strong communication skills, Team player
    • Bi-lingual in Japanese and English
    • Experience working both in the US and in Japan
    • (Preferred) Knowledge of Toyota organizational structure, business processes, research and development processes, and culture
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