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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 Infantile Epilepsies to lead a translational research team on projects related to orphan diseases.

As the Director of Infantile Epilepsies Research, you will oversee all aspects of infantile epilepsy 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 Senior Director, Neurogenetics of the Orphan Disease Center, you will assess the rare disease programs that are brought into GTP for scientific research.

You should have in-vivo pharmacology expertise for preclinical translational programs as well as experience in testing the efficacy of therapeutic interventions for neurodegenerative, neuroinflammatory and neurodevelopmental disorders. The successful candidate will have extensive experience with neurobehavioral endpoints in the preclinical disease models as well as expertise in identification of electrophysiology, biomarkers, and development of quantitative biomarker measures for neurological diseases.

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, are 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

Reference Number: 40-27426

Salary Grade: 030

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program

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Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration




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Posted: 11/21/2017
Application Due: 11/21/2018
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