Project Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
08 May 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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.

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.

We are looking for a Project Manager, to be the driving force behind our highly complex translational research projects and collaborations.

As a Project Manager, you will lead cross-functional teams in a matrix environment. You will guide project team activities to meet GTP’s objectives and drive team accountability for deliverables, ensuring projects meet defined milestones. You will coordinate and facilitate Launch Team Meetings where you will document outcomes, actions, and risks. You will prepare and manage budgets, project timelines, project scope documents and all other project documentation. You will review these submissions to ensure the integrity of the data and partner with Study Director to resolve technical/data issues with these submissions. You will be the liaison to our external sponsor project leaders, delivering transparent, timely and concise verbal and written communication during regular status updates and technical reports. Proactively identify and escalate risks and issues to relevant stakeholders; lead development and delivery of tactical and achievable mitigation and contingency planning. You will drive pre-IND activities and direct drafting/filing of related regulatory filings.

- Master’s Degree (life sciences or molecular biology desired) and 3 to 5 years of applicable experience, preferably in scientific project management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required
- PhD is highly preferred
- PM certification is desired
- Experience pre-clincal research projects that have resulted in pre-IND activities/exercises or formal IND applications is strongly preferred
- Ability to interact professionally with key internal investigators, as well as external academic, for-profit, and non-profit organizations.
- Ability to work with all levels within the organization from senior management to technicians
- Ability to work independently and to perform well under pressure and embrace dynamic environment. Strong organizational and time management skills. Excellent oral & written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Strong computer/technology skills including MS Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project (or other similar Project Management tools)

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.