ASSOC DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DEVELEOPMENT LAB
Duties: The Associate Director of PDL will supervise and meet regularly with technical staff, project managers as well as graduate and post-doctoral trainees. This individual will coordinate cell processing, documentation, and use of the banked cells for Product Development activities; manage collaboration of sample processing with the clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF). He or she will troubleshoot technical difficulties with PDL projects, e.g. issues relating to polychromatic flow cytometry, cell culture; experimental test systems. The Associate Director will provide expert scientific input for cellular manufacturing and correlative science projects. This individual will also direct laboratory management issues, including chemical waste and storage, sample storage and planning for future storage needs, equipment troubleshooting and calibrations, and equipment acquisition with the PDCS laboratory manager. The Associate Director will manage biospecimen transfer and data-sharing with internal and external collaborators. These duties include assuming overall responsibility of the PDL biospecimen inventory, writing material transfer documents and coordinating the shipment of these items. The Associate Director of PDL will oversee personnel management, including employee recruitment and communications with Human Resources. He/she will also manage the various funding sources for PDL and ensure the proper use of these resources in collaboration with administrative and business operations teams. The Associate Director will take responsibility for all small animal experiments and related protocols. He/she will also perform laboratory experiments as necessary.
PLANNING AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Associate Director will ensure the timely planning and execution of projects in PDL, including the preparation of reports, presentations, and scientific papers. He/she will ensure proper training of staff, experimental planning and independent controlled access for PDL staff to research facilities facilities. The Associate Director of PDL will be required to monitor progress and timelines related to research projects and provide updates to the Director of PDCS. He or she will manage internal and external collaborations, including the Penn Center for Innovation to ensure that required legal documents are in place, and keep track of legal documents associated with PDL projects. In addition the Associate Director will ensure continuation of collaborative projects and engage in direct communication with Principal Investigators as necessary, as well as update and discuss collaborative projects with the PDCS Director. These efforts will involve participation in collaborations involving cutting-edge cellular manufacturing process/product improvements. Maintaining an understanding of emerging concepts is therefore required. This individual will also be expected to explore new collaborations as they contribute to the mission of both PDL and PDCS at large. The Associate Director will communicate intellectual property issues, collaborations, and sample transfer agreements with the Penn Center for Innovation, and patient consent issues with the Clinical Trials Unit. He/she will coordinate the transfer of newly validated processes to the appropriate unit in CVPF and work collaboratively in drafting and execution of large-scale validation plans, including the assembly of subsequent study reports. This individual will assist the PDCS Director in strategic development and plans leading to the discovery and clinical translation of new cellular manufacturing processes.
DOCUMENTATION, REPORTS, AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT
The Associate Director of PDL will write study reports for newly validated cellular manufacturing processes. Collaborator with PDL in writing papers and preparing presentations This individual will participate in writing and assembling grant applications for both internal and external funding support for new projects to broaden the Product Development and Translational Research base as it relates to the mission of PDL. He/she will present data at local, national and international meetings.
Qualifications: The minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 5 to 7 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required. Advanced degree highly preferred.
* Prior experience in academia is a plus
* Experience in handling and working with animal models required;
* Experience in mentoring and training;
* Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
* Strong background and publication record in the areas of human T cell immunology and leukemia biology;
* Highly functioning, detail-oriented, and analytical candidate who can think strategically and holistically about technology and product development, and collaborative efforts across laboratories with CCI;
* Strong experience working on research teams and directly participating in research studies;
* Strong multitasking abilities and an extremely high-level of reliability and dependability;
* Strong interpersonal skills. are essential;
* Self-starter with a strong desire to contribute and work collaboratively to achieve goals;
* Ability to develop and maintain multiple internal and external relationships regarding research;
* Must have strong experience working with flow cytometry equipment such as BD LSRFortessa, BD LSRII, BD FACSAria;
* Must have experience using software for data analysis such as BD FACSDiva, PRISM, FlowJo, and Microsoft Excel.
* Preferred: Understanding of manufacturing and product development as it relates to gene and cell therapy. Prior experience working in large, complex organizations such as the University of Pennsylvanial. Prior experience with managing complicated research projects with multiple sub-teams of researchers.
Reference Number: 40-28937
Salary Grade: 028
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: CI-Center for Cellular Immunotherapy
Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration