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University of Pennsylvania Associate Director in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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.

Posted Job Title

Associate Director

Job Profile Title

Associate Director D

Job Description Summary

The CORONA (COvid19 Registry of Off-label & New Agents) project is the world’s largest database dedicated to identifying and tracking all treatments reported to be administered to COVID-19 patients. Housed within the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL) at the University of Pennsylvania, CORONA is providing real-time data and insights to guide clinical trial design and inform the global effort to identify treatments for COVID-19 in partnership with Google Health, FDA, NIH, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, and others.

Job Description

Due to the major unmet need, the CSTL, in partnership with the Division of Translational Medicine & Human Genetics and the Fajgenbaum lab, is now expanding CORONA to include a new STORM (Systematic Tracker Of Repurposed/new Medicines) tool and searching for a talented, experienced, and motivated Associate Director to build, oversee, and direct the expansion and ongoing execution of CORONA. In addition to continuing to track all treatments administered to COVID-19 patients, STORM will also integrate and track all pre-clinical treatment data and clinical trial data and enable the search for patterns, identification of promising drugs that need to be evaluated in clinical trials, and facilitate the development of recommendations to strengthen the global effort to combat COVID-19. Working in partnership with the Founding Director of the CSTL, the Associate Director of CORONA will be tasked with conceptualizing and developing the overarching strategy and approach, building the team, expanding data analytic capabilities, collaborating with government, industry, philanthropic, and academic partners, and obtaining further funding to achieve our overarching goal of accelerating the identification of effective COVID-19 treatments. Working independently, the Associate Director will be tasked with the strategic direction of a major national initiative directed against COVID-19 and interface broadly with internal and external stakeholders from around the world, such as Google Health, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, FDA, NIH, and other leading medical institutions to achieve our overarching goal of accelerating the identification of effective COVID-19 treatments. He or she will report directly to the Principal Investigator/Founding Director of the CSTL and recruit, train, supervise, and mentor 7-9 direct reports on the CORONA team as well as graduate students, fellows, and scientific collaborators.

Qualified candidates will have expertise in research planning and direct scientific leadership experience. This is a unique opportunity to join a highly motivated, patient-focused team that works closely with international collaborators and the federal government to make and publish novel discoveries that will have a significant impact on patients who have COVID-19 and other diseases with major unmet medical need.


Conceptualize, design and execute research plans to expand CORONA and develop STORM to accelerate the identification of effective COVID-19 treatments

Recruit, train, supervise, and mentor a multi-disciplinary team

Lead the expansion of the current database based on specific needs

Engage with government, industry, philanthropic, and academic partners

Help to obtain further funding for continued growth

Position is contingent upon funding


BS + 5-7 years of a combination of relevant academic and work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Master's degree preferred

Strong, proven supervisory and management experience required

Experience successfully securing grant funding desirable

Experience managing and coordinating clinical trials desirable

Experience analyzing clinical trial data a plus

Excellent organizational and time management skills

Self-starter with a strong desire to contribute and work collaboratively to achieve goals

Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment

Ability to work with and take a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary team

Ability to communicate effectively with team members

Excellent oral/written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.

Strong computer/technology skills including database management, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project (or other similar Project Management).

Working Conditions:

Office, library, computer room

Typically sitting at a desk or table

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.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts : Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition : Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits . You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources : Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services : From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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