Lead, Large Animal Colony Management

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Lead, Large Animal Colony Management

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.

Posted Job Title
Lead, Large Animal Colony Management

Job Profile Title
Supervisor, Animal Laboratory

Job Description Summary
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. GTP is a complex R&D organization consisting of research laboratories supported by multiple core functions which provide internal capacity to perform gene transfer studies from basic research through Phase 1 proof-of-concept human trials.

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.

Continuation of all GTP positions is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

Due to continued growth, we are currently seeking a Lead, Large Animal Colony Management.

As a Lead, you will provide oversight and coordinate the large animal vet tech, behavioral, and husbandry staff as it relates to colony health including clinical treatments and dietary modifications as prescribed by the veterinarian, as well as behavioral enrichment and pair housing assignments as prescribed by the behaviorist. You will perform routine and specialized procedures associated with the veterinary care of laboratory animals, including but not limited to, nonhuman primates, dogs, and rabbits. You will participate in both scheduled research and nonclinical projects by reviewing research and nonclinical study protocols as needed, perform specialized experimental procedures, and ensure that samples are delivered to the appropriate person(s) or diagnostic laboratory (ies) for the Gene Therapy Program (GTP) as outlined in the study protocol. You will triage and treatment of sick animals, participation in clinical rounds on active cases under the directive of the clinical research veterinarian, and administration and documentation of the appropriate clinical therapies to animals undergoing veterinary-directed treatments. As Lead, you should be able to utilize in depth knowledge of pharmacology and drug calculations, perform anesthesia, and evaluate anesthetic depth via extensive use of physiologic monitors and interpretation of their parameters. You will maintain an inventory of veterinary supplies and equipment, including controlled drugs, and ensure animal activities are in compliance with USDA, OLAW, GLP and AAALAC regulations/guidelines. The Lead must possess the ability to independently function quickly and react to stressful situations involving large animals. Additionally, you will assist with monthly billing of all clinical and experimental procedures.

Employees in this position will participate in an occupational safety and health program which requires tuberculin testing and potentially immunization. Weekend work, holiday work and overtime hours are a requirement of this position. May be designated as essential personnel during a storm/natural disaster. Responsibilities must be performed with minimal instruction and persons will be expected to independently perform duties as described.

Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited animal health technology program or equivalent, with 3-5 years of experience working with animals in a research setting.
  • AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist level or a demonstrated commitment to attaining that certification with the time frame established by AALAS.
  • Ability to independently manage anesthesia in a variety of species.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and productively in a team-oriented environment while maintaining a strong sense of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound and accurate judgement in making timely decisions.
  • Proficiently manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Superior planning, organizational, computer, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have the ability to respond to changing circumstances by being innovative and altering behavior to better fit different situations.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Work hours Monday - Friday 7:00 - 4:00.
  • Some weekends, holidays, and overtime may be required.
  • Computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft excel and Microsoft Word.


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$20.00 - $36.00

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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Posted: 6/7/2021
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