Associate Director, Rodent Research Support (Gene Therapy Program)

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Associate Director, Rodent Research Support (Gene Therapy Program)

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director, Rodent Research Support (Gene Therapy Program)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D

Job Description Summary
Research at GTP requires knowledge of multiple scientific disciplines including molecular and cell biology, protein biochemistry, virology, immunology,bioinformatics, and biotechnology. Our major goals are to increase scientific knowledge in gene therapy field through the use of experiments, and help develop new life-saving treatments. Research performed at GTP includes basic research, development of platform technologies, development of the vector manufacturing methods, and pre-clinical research. Translational research is carried out using cell and animal models. The GTP Program for Comparative Medicine (PCM) is central to the GTP mission and is instrumental for the in life phase of the assessment of gene therapeutics prior to human application.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director, Research Support, Program for Comparative Medicine (PCM), the Associate Director, Rodent Research has overall responsibility for managing all R&D activities conducted by the PCM rodent program.

The Associate Director, Rodent Research is responsible for the oversight of scheduling and coordination of work schedules, oversight of the management of the in-life phase of gene therapy research studies involving rodents, and the management of regulatory submissions. The Associate Director develops strategy for PCM-rodent program-related project support. The Associate Director, Rodent Research provides oversight and input for an integrated, cross-functional Core timeline (master schedule for in vivo project support) to identify and communicate interdependencies and critical path activities, across the Cores and Research Teams. The Associate Director, Rodent Research proactively identifies and prioritizes Core opportunities and risks; develops and monitors action and mitigation plans across all Research Teams; works with SD to effectively communicate risk analysis and make recommendations to the Project Management team. The Associate Director works with the SD to ensure that PCM-rodent program effectively manages the budget and ensure financial and resource implications of decisions, risks, and opportunities are fully understood to better inform prioritization and decision making.

The Associate Director will manage a team of up to 10 support staff involved in the breeding, care, and animal model development of rodent models and training of staff used in biomedical research programs. The Associate Director will ensure core operations are conducted in accordance with UPenn, AAALAC, OLAW and GLP standards.

  • The minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Life Sciences field with 7-10 years of experience or Master's Degree in Life Science field or Laboratory Animal Medicine and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience with animal model development and colony management of genetically engineered rodents (mice and rats); additional experience with hamsters or other species is desired.
  • Proven ability to manage a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Desired, but not necessary, experience in management of studies performed under Good Laboratory Practices (21 CFR Part 58).
  • Proven ability to balance the strategic needs of the program with tactical day to day activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others, influence without authority, and negotiate conflict situations.
  • Outstanding communication, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation between all stakeholders.
  • Proven knowledge of care, use and regulations pertaining to the use of animal models for biomedical research is strongly desired.
  • Proven ability to balance conflicting priorities across multiple programs, and to make sound recommendations for the trade-offs between resources to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Experience creating and managing integrated timelines and budgets.
  • Self-directed individual who is able to work with limited direction in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $95,524.33

Affirmative Action Statement
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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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