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

School Name     Perelman School of Medicine
Org     DM-Gene Therapy Program
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

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) and Orphan Disease Center (ODC) are entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with 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. Our R&D organization has a translational infrastructure that includes: technology discovery, specialized immunology assays operating under GLP, a Vector Core/Manufacturing unit that conducts GMP comparable work, and a large non-clinical program for animal testing under GLP including large animal and rodent vivaria.

The Director will assist the Senior Director with management of research operations for the Program for Comparative Medicine. Research Operations include scientific and technical support for biomedical research programs for GTP and husbandry operations for a multi site research program.

The Director will work collaboratively across GTP and the University of Pennsylvania’s research enterprise. The Director will help to ensure that all animal-related research activities are fully supported in a timely, efficient and effective manner. In addition, the Director will provided leadership to husbandry operations for several rodent and large animal species.

Duties may include:

  • Serve as a member of the management team that oversees activities and functions of the Program for Compa* Management of the administrative and operational activities for rodent and large animal research operations and animal husbandry programs for GTP
  • Direct the development and communication of departmental procedures and policies for biomedical research and animal husbandry
  • Develop operational procedures and methods for support of rodent and large animal research in multiple species including but not limited to rodents, felines, canines, porcine, and nonhuman primates
  • Direct and lead the daily activities of a team of at least 35 employees providing research technical support and/or husbandry; ensure professional development and foster teamwork
  • Ensure that training and development needs are identified and GTP animal research programs are initiated
  • Performance management of rodent and large animal management teams (at least 4FTEs)
  • Liaise with internal and external customers to remove impediments and increase efficiencies for research support and animal husbandry
  • Manage husbandry and research services budgets
  • Development and implementation of training programs and professional development of GTP staff.



  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science or related field
  • 7 to 10 years experience in management and supervision of large multi-species laboratory animal facility
  • Experience providing technical support to multispecies laboratory animal research programs
  • Experience with Association for the Accreditation and Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) processes; USDA (Animal Welfare Act) regulations; Good Laboratory Practices; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) functions; and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) guidelines
  • Strong supervisory experience

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.