University of Pennsylvania SR DIRECTOR, ANALYTICAL SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27947


School Name Perelman School of Medicine

Org DM-Gene Therapy Program

Posted to the Web 07/19/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 030

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 8am - 5pm

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

Position End Date

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.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


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.Vector technology lies at the heart of GTP due to the contributions of the Wilson Lab. GTP has a long track record of success in developing novel vector technologies, manufacturing platforms and analytics as well as distributing vectors for research purposes. Once successful in the research environment, the vectors must be transferred to the clinic which requires expertise both regarding vector manufacturing and characterization. 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, produces vectors in support of IND-enabling research, develops and conducts GLP assays, oversee sCMO’s in vector production and is expanding to perform state-of-the-art process development. Due to significant growth, the Vector Core is looking for a new Senior Director of Analytics to lead cross-functional teams responsible for assay development, quality control testing and vector release in support of research, IND-enabling studies, and clinical trials. As the Senior Director, you will lead and drive strategy as it pertains to vector characterization and quality control. You will oversee the activities of and develop/mentor a high-performing team in multiple functional areas which are inclusive of Assay Development, Research Quality Control, GLP Quality Control and Physical/Chemcial Quality Control. You will implement metrics to track and manage completion of objectives and projects. Interface with external sponsors and internal teams to build strategies to support global initiatives, prepare presentations and other materials for external meetings, regulatory filings, publications, and grant applications. Working closely with the Executive Director of Vector Operations (EDVO) and Project Management, you will develop testing plans, budgets, and timelines, providing timely and accurate information to Management and Project Teams regarding the delivery of fully characterized vector for IND-enabling studies and clinical trials. You will develop analytical testing plans for clinical programs at CMOs and direct the transfer GLP assay technologies to CMO’s and CRO’s as well as pharmaceutical partners.You will also work closely with the EDVO and contract partners in the development of GxP vector testing facilities, overseeing construction and validations. Partnering with Talent Acquisition and Senior Leadership, you will develop recruitment strategies to support growth and expansions to provide optimal Analytics development and testing services.


  • The minimum of a Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or related field and 5 to 7 years of experience in analytically development and testing, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required. Ph. D. strongly preferred* Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience required* Extensive knowledge of assay development and qualification required* Experience in interactions with outside vendors, e.g., CROs strongly preferred* Ability to provide assay expertise to product development overseeing multiple programs required* 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

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.

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