Business Development Project Assistant – Summer

on April 10, 2024

WORLDiscoveries is seeking a motivated and strong performer as a Business Development Assistant to provide on-site support our portfolio of projects.

  • Department: WORLDiscoveries Faculty/Unit:   Western Research Employee Group:  Student
  • Appointment: Contract – Temporary
  • Term: May 1 – August 31, 2024 (flexible) Hours pers week:  35
  • Hourly rate: $16.55 – $18.43 (based on experience)


  • Explore commercialization of University technologies and identify potential industry partners and receptors
  • Assist in Technology Project Support and Evaluation, Market Assessment and Market Research, Developmental Risk and Competitive Environment
  • Identifies potential industry partners, companies and markets for projects
  • Performs technology literature research and competitive landscape analysis
  • Assists in project and technology marketing, developing marketing materials, and supporting documents
  • Assist the Business Development Team in day-to-day activities
  • Assist in promoting innovation culture on campus


  • Candidates should preferably be a student or recent graduate in the Sciences (Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related Life Sciences programs).
  • Candidates currently in Business programs with some or prior Sciences experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates in dual Sciences and Business programs are also encouraged to apply.
  • Both Graduate students and Undergraduate students are invited to apply.

Other requirements:

  • Technical knowledge in Science related fields with some business understanding
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined with a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Familiar with database searching
  • Familiar with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Learning opportunities:

  • Exposure to technology commercialization, business development and innovation culture on campus
  • Working with business and science professionals

About Us

Western Research, under the leadership of the Vice-President (Research), is responsible for ensuring that Western has vibrant and growing interaction with various sources of research funding and that the faculties have increasing funding for their research programs. It is also responsible to ensure a healthy flow of technology resulting from Western research to the commercial world thereby creating jobs, increasing economic development and the general betterment of society.

Within this mission…

WORLDiscoveries® is the Business Development arm of Western University, Robarts Research Institute and the Lawson Health Research Institute. The business unit serves as the exclusive advocate and agent for promising commercial and technology transfer opportunities derived from London’s extensive research portfolio.

Interested applicants can submit application including a CV with cover letter to: Select Posting Ref # 34581

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