Associate Scientist - Powell Gene Therapy Center (PGTC) (75916)

University of Florida (Gainesville)

United States

July 17, 2021


Job Description

The primary mission of the Powell Gene Therapy Center (PGTC) at the University of Florida is to merge molecular genetics research and health care delivery by developing new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of human diseases that involve gene transfer. The idea of gene therapy is a logical and natural progression of the last 20 years of research in medical genetics and molecular biology.

With the advent of recombinant DNA technology, as well as advances in immunology and structural biology, there has been an explosion of information about human genes and their functions. As a result of the National Genome Project it is expected that all human genes and DNA will be identified and sequenced within the next decade. As this information has accumulated it has become clear that virtually every disease has a genetic component. Thus if the right gene is delivered to the right location in the body at the right time, there is a potential for significant improvements in the management and correction of human diseases. Because essentially similar strategies can be applied to an extremely broad range of human diseases, the potential of gene therapy is considered to be extraordinary.

The PGTC is seeking an Associate Scientist to ensure the Center's long term success. Activities include but are not limited to: 1. Focusing on process & development of new methods for large-scale AAV vector production and purification, 2. Designing and conducting experiments, 3. Collecting and interpreting data, 4. Submitting articles for peer reviewed publications, 5. Presenting research results at scientific meetings, and 6. Procuring extramural funding to support research enterprise.

This is a full-time non-tenure track faculty position.

Job Qualifications

Minimum: Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent

The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of appropriate experience


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references or three letters of reference.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at https:// www.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.


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