Associate Director, Pre-clinical Vector Manufacturing, Gene Therapy Department

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Jan 2021
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 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

Our Vector Core is a state-of-the-art facility that provides vector-related materials and services in support of basic and translational research worldwide.

The Vector core is on the hunt for an Associate Director, Preclinical Vector Manufacturing to manage the production for investigators inside and outside of GTP.

As the Associate Director, you will work closely with Vector Leadership to oversee research vector manufacturing activities, develop production schedules, troubleshoot production activities, and review production data. You will work with internal study directors to understand their needs and deliver top-quality research-grade viral vectors for preclinical studies.

In addition, as the Associate Director, you will serve as a back-up to the Associate Director, Preclinical Vector Production – External to interact with external scientists and organizations interested in utilizing preclinical services as well as supervising the shipment of vectors to external organizations.


  • Masters Degree in life sciences with 3-5 years of relevant academic or industrial experience in biologics manufacturing or equivalent combination of education/experience required.
  • Extensive knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology, viral-based vector technologies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, supervise staff and work collaboratively to achieve goals required
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills required

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.