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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 Penns 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.

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) 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. James 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 currently searching for a Senior Director, Quality Assurance(SDQA) to lead a GXP Quality Assurance Unit (QAU), including GLP/GMPs within GTP, supporting the development, manufacture, and testing of viral vectors for clinical trials. As the SDQA, you will be responsible for a QAU that will provide support for a GLP non-human primate (NHP) facility and GLP studies performed in a partial-GLP rodent facility, in addition to overall QAU support for GLP studies performed in the GTP labs (eg, analyses for IND-enabling studies). The QAU will support the comparable GMP production activities related to GLP toxicology lot production and GMP-related technical transfer activities as it relates to clinical batch release testing conducted at GTP to support the clinical CMO. The QAU will also provide Quality Assurance support to the research-based portion of the GTP, in terms of SOP management, training, document management and archiving, and audit support. You will interact with the senior management staff and directors of the other functional groups within GTP and will be responsible for ensuring GLP and GMP compliance across identified groups within the GTP. You will ensure Quality Assurance oversight, manage and coordinate the QAU, and ensure that all cell and gene therapy products comply with the requirements of FDA and other health authority or regulatory/accreditation bodies.


The minimum of a Masters degree in life sciences and 7 to 10 years of pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical QAU experience with documented training in GLP / GMP or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience required, as well as ASQ certification. At least 2 years of senior leadership experience in vaccines/biotechnology industry preferred. Knowledge of cell-based production and working knowledge of the guidelines for GLP / GMP required. Familiarity with QA/QC and manufacture of viral vectors preferred. Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.

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.

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