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Senior Research Investigator, Lysosomal Storage Diseases (Gene Therapy Program)
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Posted Job TitleSenior Research Investigator, Lysosomal Storage Diseases (Gene Therapy Program)
Job Profile TitleResearch Investigator, Senior
Job Description SummaryThe 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 â€œgo-toâ€ 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.
We are currently looking for Senior Research Investigator (SRI), to collaborate on translational gene therapy drug development programs for Lysosomal Storage Diseases.
As a SRI, you will collaborate with the Research Director as well as lead some projects in gene therapy drug development for lysosomal storage diseases. In each case, you will be working in the setting of large interdisciplinary teams, where you will function independently in the execution of in vitro and in vivo experiments but will need to work collaboratively with other team members. Working independently, you will perform design, optimize, and implement complex experiments within specified time lines; provide cross-organizational support for the essential laboratory functions, including effective management of laboratory resources, and participation in maintenance of centralized reagents; will work closely with GTP's Project Managers to assure that the translational research program adheres to the work plan and stays within budget; contribute to writing/reviewing manuscripts, preparing presentations, establishing collaborations as well as writing/reviewing protocols and SOPs.
Joining GTP offers scientific professionals the unique opportunity of seeing their research go from bench to bedside and discoveries that could one day lead to cures.
M.D., Ph. D., D.V.M. Degree in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, virology, protein engineering, or related field or equivalent doctoral degree and 5 years of postdoctoral experience required.
Experience working in industry is preferred, but not required.
The successful candidate must thrive in a team environment, have excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment, and proficiency with standard methods of data analysis.
Job Location - City, StatePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Department / SchoolPerelman School of Medicine
Pay Range$36,368.00 - $148,122.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidateâ€™s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.Â
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