Associate Director, Lab Operations

Pennsylvania, United States
05 May 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

Job Profile Title
Associate Director 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 grant funding.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director, Lab Operations, the Associate Director, Lab Operations shall:

  • Possess a broad and current understanding of the technical, equipment and materials needs of the GTP research facilities.
  • Manage ordering, receiving, storage and distribution of research supplies for a 300+ person organization.
  • Develop/ maintain relationships with the Director, Strategic Sourcing and supply vendors to ensure timely receipt of materials and expeditious resolutions to errors.
  • Oversee the day-to-day GTP operations including facilities, custodial services, pest control, loading dock oversight, office area support and space/equipment relocations.
  • Possess a broad and current understanding of chemical, biological and virological safety enabling them to manage laboratory safety policies and procedures and ensure implementation and compliance across GTP.
  • Oversee lab safety audit program.
  • Provide supervision for Lab Operations personnel (1-2 direct reports; 2-3 indirect reports).
  • Provide on-call emergency response for equipment on a rotational basis.


The position requirements include:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years of direct laboratory experience, including experience in laboratory management (preferably in the biological sciences).
  • 2+ years of experience with ordering scientific supplies and equipment and managing supply inventories.
  • Understanding of BSL2 laboratory safety policies.
  • Clear and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills.
  • Customer service oriented with the ability to deal with multiple constituencies (faculty, technicians, vendors, University departments, etc.).
  • Must thrive in a team environment.


Knowledge of University of Pennsylvania policies and processes; advanced MS Excel and/or databasing knowledge; familiarity with formal inventory systems.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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.