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Assistant Director Assay Development

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Job ID: 131636
Philadelphia, PA, United States
May 19, 2022

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

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  • Clinical Assay Development: In coordination with faculty leadership, provide administrative oversight, evaluates, validate and maintain high-complexity clinical molecular and genomic assays. Periodically evaluates test menu, solicits feedback from internal and external stakeholders, and identifies gaps in testing. Keeps abreast of technical developments and identifies opportunities for integration of new technology. Works with division leadership to identify and prioritize test development initiatives. Ensures due diligence in project scoping, selection, and implementation. Coordinates development activities with accountability for cost containment and timeliness of project completion. Manages projects from inception to completion in an organized manner. Performs experiments and operates equipment as needed to bring about desired results in development of clinical assays. Communicates pertinent information effectively and in a timely manner. Represents and advocates for divisional interests at professional meetings, conferences, and other settings. Publishes and presents works as applicable and encourages same among the team.
  • Clinical Operations: Supports clinical assay maintenance and serves as technical consultant as needed to resolve test system performance issues. Works with operational leadership to develop best-practice training strategies. Serves as administrative contact for updates of PCD testing services, such as internal test services guide and outward-facing websites. Participates in quality improvement initiatives. Participates in the education of various trainees related to test development.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Assists in drafting and maintaining standard operation procedures for newly validated assays and others as required. Ensures validation documents are complete, of excellent quality, and sufficient for review and approval by regulatory agencies. Serves as a resource for inspections related to those validations.
  • Fiscal Management: Assists in development of annual operating budget as it pertains to test development activities. Ensures expenditures remain under budget for these activities and effectively identifies and manages budget variances. Assists in the creation of ROI analyses to support programmatic growth and capital acquisitions.
  • Staff Development: Ensures staff annual competencies required to meet regulatory compliance. Completes annual performance reviews for all those under his/her direct supervision. Mentors and provides opportunities for team members to develop existing and new competencies through routine and ongoing coaching and feedback. Guides team in fostering an environment that supports diversity and promotes trust, integrity and high performance. Conducts regular staff meetings to share information, solicit feedback and build productive relationships. Plans and coordinates continuing education programs designed to maintain and increase the skills and knowledge of self and assist staff to reach full potential. Acts as a role model for staff by supporting management's position, effectively managing communications with frequency and relevance to limit misinformation while promoting evidence-based development decisions to improve patient care. The successful applicant will be expected to model professionalism, demonstrate an inclusive decision tree in their management style and displaying pride in their work.


    Education or Equivalent Experience:

    • Master of Arts or Science (Required)
    • Master’s degree in biology, molecular biology, or related field 3+ years Development of Molecular assays
    • Ph.D.
    • Doctoral degree in biology, molecular biology, or related 3+ years Development of molecular assays

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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