Aug 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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 currently on the hunt for a Project Manager (PM) to support our gene therapy research.

As a PM, you will manage 5 highly complex research projects (manage and communicate a clear vision of projects objectives to; generating meeting agendas and notes; distributing actionable items in a timely fashion; and following up with the Project Leaders and Core Directors to ensure progress/completion); manage relationships (act as single point of contact for the external sponsor and facilitate responses to sponsor questions and proactively identify critical path issues and aggressively manage events that may affect timeline milestones and projected budgets), and work with Director of Regulatory Affairs or designee, to draft, review, and submit regulatory filings associated with each Project Team and PM will have primary responsibility for establishing and managing related submission timelines. For each Project Team, PM will coordinate timely preparation and submission of technical progress reports and applications to sponsor.

Beyond the technical and administrative responsibilities listed above, the PM must be capable of a higher level analysis of the projects and assert leadership in coordinating a large and complex collection of stakeholders. A critical responsibility of the PM is to analyze complex project events to identify and anticipate issues on the critical path, reconcile misalignments between multiple functional units, as well as broker a solution amongst internal and external stakeholders. These higher level administrative functions require outstanding interpersonal skills, insight into technical, finance and operational issues, and experience necessary to adjudicate disputes.

Qualifications: The minimum of a Master's degree (life sciences or molecular biology desired) and 5 to 7 years of applicable experience, preferably in scientific project management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Ph.D. is highly preferred. A candidate with a solid and relevant background in science and little to no direct project management experience will also be considered. PM certification is desired. Ability to interact professionally with the principal internal investigators, as well as external academic, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. Ability to work with all levels within the organization from senior management to technicians. Ability to work independently and to perform well under pressure and embrace dynamic environment. Strong organizational and time management skills. Excellent oral & written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Strong computer/technology skills including MS Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project (or other similar Project Management tools).

Reference Number: 40-26570

Salary Grade: 029

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program

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Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research

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