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DIRECTOR, DISCOVERY RESEARCH

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27428
Posted Job Title DIRECTOR, DISCOVERY RESEARCH
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org DM-Gene Therapy Program
Posted to the Web 12/05/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 030
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:00 - 5:00
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education. http://www.med.upenn.edu/

Duties

The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with the great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.

The laboratory of Dr. Jim Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania, has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the ‘go-to’ organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently, we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.

We are on the hunt for a Director of Discovery Research to lead discovery projects related to AAV 3.0 and genome editing.

As the Director of Discovery Research, you will oversee all aspects of discovery research at GTP at PENN. You will establish processes for mentoring and leading SRIs in translational research projects. You will supervise and manage a team of SRIs and technicians. In consultation with the Director of Gene Therapy, you will assess the rare disease programs that are brought into GTP for scientific research.

You will also be responsible for scientific research as it relates to the development of next-generation AAV vectors and genome editing. You will work in large interdisciplinary teams where you will perform design, optimization, and implementation of sophisticated experiments within specified timelines; provide cross-organizational support for the essential laboratory functions. You will work closely with GTP’s Project Managers to assure that the research program adheres to the work plan and stays within budget. You will contribute to writing/reviewing manuscripts, preparing presentations, establishing collaborations as well as writing/reviewing protocols and SOPs.

You should have in-vivo pharmacology expertise in preclinical discovery programs. The successful candidate will have extensive experience with vector design, molecular virology, and protein structures & functions.

Qualifications
  • Extensive knowledge of life science research in both academic and bio-pharmaceutical settings
    * The minimum of 5 years of direct laboratory experience after the completion of a Master’s degree in the field of neurology or neurological diseases, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required. PhD strongly preferred.
    * Self starter but also a strong desire to contribute and work collaboratively to achieve goals
    * Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
    * Highly functioning, detail-oriented, and analytical candidate who can think strategically
    * Excellent oral/written communication skills required
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.
Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/33251

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Applicant Documents

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