Associate Director, Clinical Operations (Center for Cellular Immunotherapy)

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Associate Director, Clinical Operations (Center for Cellular Immunotherapy)

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director, Clinical Operations (Center for Cellular Immunotherapy)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director E

Job Description Summary
The focus of this role is to oversee clinical manufacturing activities and assume responsibility for the manufacturing start-up operations of new processes and new technology in a state-of-the-art cell processing facility.

Job Description

Primary responsibilities include startup operations for new trials through technical and organizational leadership, the design and commissioning of validation runs for the implementation of cell manufacturing improvements and interpretation of validation run results. Devising methods for production schemes to manufacture at the required scale and prepares/approves process specific protocols, policies, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Oversees the integration of new process development with other functional groups within CVPF, including Facilities, Operations, Quality Control, Quality Systems and Quality Assurance. Assist the CVPF Director, Deputy Director and the Director of Operations in technology transfer within the Penn community and to leading industry partners. As a member of the CVPF Steering committee develops strategic plans to increase manufacturing capacity, increase adherence to quality standards and improve overall workflow. Provide strong in-house science, technical guidance and mentorship to Managers for CVPF clinical trials and process improvement projects. Communicate with Principal Investigators and all members of clinical team. Additional responsibilities may apply.


  • 5+ years of experience in the cell therapy field with demonstrated expertise in cell therapy concepts and procedures
  • Masters in immunology or related field required, prior experience in academia; prior experience in GMP facility management required or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Experience in phase I/II clinical trial management in cell therapies, translational research, GMP manufacturing
  • Previous lab experience in areas of cancer and HIV preferred, preference in a GMP setting
  • Strong background and demonstrated experience in cell and gene therapies and ability to initiate cell and gene therapy trials
  • Previous experience in GLP, GMP, and GCP compliance required. Highly functioning, detail-oriented, and analytical candidate who can think strategically and holistically about organizational expansion and across multiple departments/units
  • Strong planning, organizational and inter-personnel skills are essential
  • Self-starter but also a strong desire to contribute and work collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Proven excellence in successfully leading/working in interdisciplinary teams and projects
  • Demonstration of active contributions to cross-function teams, ability for long-range strategic thinking
  • Be recognized as a respected subject matter expert and have extensive experience with developing and directing the manufacturing of cellular therapy products
  • Ability to work with multifunctional groups and coordinate clinical manufacturing activities simultaneously under pressure
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills and strong attention to detail

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $117,086.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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