Senior IACUC Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
Thursday, 21 May 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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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

Senior IACUC Specialist

Job Profile Title

Manager Research Project C

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.

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

The Program for Comparative Medicine (PCM) is currently looking for an IACUC Specialist.

Under the Supervision of the Director, PCM , Veterinary & Clinical Support, the IACUC Specialist has responsibility for advising and assisting researchers within the Gene Therapy Program (GTP) with IACUC protocol procedure design, approval, and implementation including amendments and de novo protocols, to evaluate gene therapies while incorporating the 3 Rs of research (refine, reduce, replace); developing, implementing, and running a post-approval monitoring program across small and large animal programs; reviewing and revising GTP SOPs to be in accordance with approved IACUC procedures and University policies; and finally ensuring that GTP is in compliance with regulations governing humane and ethical treatment and use of laboratory animals. CPIA required.

This position requires strong organizational skills, diplomacy and accuracy to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Joining GTP offers professionals with unique opportunity to provide support services for discovery and translational research that could one day lead to cures for devastating diseases.


  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry or related discipline and at least 5-7 years of pharmaceutical/biotechnology experience in the area of pre-clinical pharmacology or toxicology testing performed under Good Laboratory Practices (GLP; 21CFR, Part 58) or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • CPIA required 
  • USDA accreditation within 6 months of employment preferred
  • Ability to obtain DEA registration.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite of Programs.
  • Experience conducting research in a USDA or FDA regulated environment preferred.
  • Current and relevant working knowledge of regulations governing the use of animals in teaching and research (e.g., USDA, PHS, AAALAC) preferred.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

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