BEP Team.

Careers with Impact

Advancing innovations that grow businesses and nurture our community

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships (BEP) is the catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University at Buffalo. We work to connect startups and mature companies with technical expertise, incubation space, technology, talent, mentoring, funding resources and networks to start and grow businesses. We’re a mission-driven team working together to provide opportunity for all.

Open Positions

Join the exciting and fast-paced startup world as BEP adds team members to support our business incubator and startup operations, programs and administration. We are building our team to increase our impact, with more positions coming soon. If you don’t see an open role that’s right for you now, keep checking back.

Associate Vice President for Economic Development (AVPED)

Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships

Come help us make impacts in Buffalo and beyond! 

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED) seeks a dynamic individual to lead UB's Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships (BEP) team—a well-established economic development enterprise dedicated to building stronger businesses. BEP is responsible for $50M in funds for joint R&D with industry, early-stage startup programming, incubation and wet lab space, and novel technologies that can be licensed to scale businesses. 

The AVPED will serve on the VPRED senior leadership team and will be responsible for developing and providing new pathways for innovators, engaging external partnerships with industry, and aligning with government entities and funders to drive economic growth through job creation, research revenue, licensing revenue and other revenue for UB. 

Director, Physical Sciences Programs

Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships

UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships is seeking a Director, Physical Sciences Programs to help change the world by fostering innovative research and economic growth in the Western New York community. In this role you will principally direct the Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics and establish new translational research programs. You will work with diverse faculty, companies and community partners to foster collaborations that solve real-world problems in areas such as semiconductors, clean energy, environment, sensors and wireless technology.

The Associate Director of Marketing Communications


The Associate Director of Marketing Communications is responsible for communications and public relations strategies – both external and internal – as well as building awareness for UB’s groundbreaking and transformative research that furthers UB’s ambition to be recognized among the Top 25 public research universities in the nation. This role may have direct reports. The position reports directly to Research and Economic Development’s Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Communications & Digital Operations and will work with department leads on initiatives specific to unit entities, programs, or select Centers and Institutes as per the strategic direction of the research enterprise.

The Associate Director is responsible for the development and implementation of integrated marketing communications and public relations for the research enterprise. They will direct and coordinate communication efforts with the AVP, internal UB entities, colleagues, and team members, as well as University Communications and Government Affairs, as appropriate, with a focus on showcasing UB’s research endeavors as a critical role in spurring innovation, economic impact, and workforce development.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Integrated Marketing Communications, PR
• Project Management, Processes & Reporting

Diversity, Community and Belonging

At BEP, we celebrate our differences as strengths.

We know that diverse teams not only perform better based on access to diversity of ideas, perspectives and experiences, but also due to richer information processing — producing better decisions, more creative ideas and, ultimately, achieving higher levels of innovation and success. We believe that innovation is change and are committed to making change happen as we continuously work to grow a more diverse team that makes impacts in Buffalo and beyond.

Whoever you are, we welcome you as you are. Join us and help shape our future.

Employee Groups

Learn more about UB’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.


Working at UB BEP comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. Each day, we contribute to our community and make a difference.

Health insurance.

Comprehensive health plans


Retirement plans with contributions


Ample vacation and sick time



Generous parental and family leave

Learning and dev.

Learning and development


Volunteer opportunities

Team building.

Team building activities


Healthy work-life balance