Project Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 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.

Job Profile Title

Manager Research Project B

Job Description

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 pre-IND research programs.  

As a Project Manager, you will manage one or more cross-functional pre-IND research gene therapy programs. You will partner with the Research Director to draft the work plan, ensuring that it is consistent with the proposed scope and objectives of the program. You will set up and maintain the master schedule for the pre-IND program in collaboration with the team members and management, identifying critical path activities, and work with the team to prevent schedule delays. You will lead the team to draft the program budget, in collaboration with the Finance department, and manage the adherence to the approved budget, escalating potential deviations as needed.

The approved work plan is used as the roadmap for managing the activities of the project team. You will drive team accountability by ensuring projects meet defined milestones. You will organize and lead team meetings, creating the agendas, recording meeting minutes and action items.  You will communicate critical information to internal and external stakeholders. You lead the development and delivery of mitigation and contingency activities to resolve issues collaboratively with the team. Also, you will collaborate with Alliance Management and participate in Joint Steering Committee meetings between GTP and our external sponsors.

Joining GTP offers scientific professionals the unique opportunity of seeing as well as contributing to research from bench to bedside and discoveries that could one day lead to cures.


  • 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.
  • PMP certification is desired, but not required
  • Experience in pre-clinical research and other pre-IND activities leading to successful filing of 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 lead a team / sub-team and knowledge of high-performing team practices
  • 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, Word, and MS Project (or other similar Project Management tools).

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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.

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