Senior Project Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
24 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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 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

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

As a Senior Project Manager, you will lead cross-functional teams in a matrix environment with limited direction. 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. 

As a Senior Project Manager,  you will act as a mentor to new project management staff by providing initial training and leading on-going "lessons learned" exercises. You will be a strong voice continuous process improvement activities for project management process and tools that are utilized by the team.


  • Master's Degree (life sciences or molecular biology desired) and 5 to 7 years of applicable experience, preferably in scientific project
  • management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • PhD is preferred. 
  • PM certification is desired. 
  • Experience pre-clinical 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).

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

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.