Job description

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.

Our Vector Core is a state-of-the-art facility which provides vector-related materials and services in support of basic and translational research worldwide.

The Vector Core is on the hunt for a Project Manager of Vector Operations (PMVO) to manage the critical path of vector activities in GTP from research and development to clinical manufacturing.

As the PMVO, you will work closely with the Executive Director of Vector Operations (EDVO) to bring more robust program management into the organization, facilitate the translation of preclinical and GMP vector operations into successful large scale clinical production, as well as ensure a consistent supply of vector services for GTP research, phase I studies and commercial products. You play a key role in the translation of programs from pre-clinical to clinical application through managing communication between GTP vector core and external contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) which are responsible for the establishment and continuance of scalable operations. Through the application of project management tools, you will work with the EDVO to ensure that all aspects of the chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) are represented in work plans, time lines and budgets associated with clinical (GMP) vector manufacturing. You will report directly to the EDVO to support the resolution of issues affecting budgets/time lines and ensure all aspects of vector operational issues are effectively communicated to GTP leadership.

Qualifications: * The minimum of a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Virology, or related field and 5 to 7 years of a combination of relevant academic and pharmaceutical experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Advanced degree preferred.
* Knowledge of biologics manufacturing and/or testing
* Experience in interactions with outside vendors, e.g., CROs and other vendors is required
* Ability to apply project management skills and tools to support multiple programs is required
* Independent thinker with a track record of working collaboratively to achieve goals
* Highly functioning, detail-oriented, and analytical candidate who can think strategically
* Excellent oral/written communication skills required

Reference Number: 40-26897

Salary Grade: 028

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program

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Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research




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Posted: 10/14/2017
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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