Genome Center Director - Lerner Research Institute

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

ID: 7100708 (Ref.No. ccf15839110)
Posted: May 20, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We are seeking to hire the inaugural Director of the Cleveland Clinic Genome Center. This new Center will serve as a multi-institutional hub for collaborative genomic research and will leverage strengths in technology development, computational biology, and high throughput sequencing. The mission of the Center is to advance genomic science and its application to novel biomedical discoveries, leading to cutting-edge research and subsequent practice of genomic medicine. The focus will be broad, from the development of computational and experimental genomic methods to disease-focused research to advance the understanding of the genetic basis of diseases encompassed within four impact areas (cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological and ophthalmic disease, and inflammation). The Genome Center will also include a new Genome Technology Innovation Lab/Center, which will act as a creative hub and dedicated incubator for the development and early-stage evaluation of new genomics tools and methodologies, with potential strategic industry partnerships.

The new Director will strategically create, develop and lead the Genome Center. This is a central and critical role for Cleveland Clinic globally and in the Cleveland Innovation District. The Director will supervise a diverse, interdisciplinary team of doctoral-level genome scientists and engineers and will closely collaborate with researchers and physicians across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise. This individual will also have an opportunity to integrate his/her/their independent research program into the Genomic Medicine Institute, an academic department in the Lerner Research Institute dedicated to applied genomic research. Further, this leadership role will also interact with Cleveland Clinic Innovations and Communications. The Center will be located in state-of-the-art research space in the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Rank will be commensurate with experience. The Director will report to the Chair of the Lerner Research Institute in the capacity of Genome Center Director and to the Chair of the Genomic Medicine Institute from an academic standpoint

Applicants should be an established or rising star in the field of genomics and have a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in genomics, genetics, molecular biology, engineering, bioinformatics or similar discipline with extensive (10+ years) post-doctoral experience in a relevant field. The successful candidate will have a strong interdisciplinary scientific background with a track record of research excellence in molecular biology and biochemistry emphasizing technology and engineering; demonstrated fiscal management ability, prior success in building teams, fostering partnerships and launching new ventures.

Cleveland Clinic Innovation District:

Cleveland Clinic has operated for over 100 years on the principle of bringing innovative teams together to provide better care for patients worldwide and today Cleveland Clinic is a world leader in science-based healthcare. Our strategic plan for Research Development will harness information technology to power significant advances in both personalized and populations medicine. A major component of the strategy will be through our anchor role in building the Cleveland Innovation District. This unprecedented collaboration includes participation and investment by the State of Ohio along with 5 independent Cleveland healthcare and academic institutions and is designed to transform research, education, and economic opportunities in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

As part of the Cleveland Innovation District, Cleveland Clinic has pledged to double its research footprint and output in the next five years and create thousands of new jobs. A substantial part of this commitment involves the creation of the Global Center for Pathogen & Human Health Research. A major goal of the center is to develop the means to prevent or combat the next pandemic or global health crisis and it will operate under the tandem principles of ?Discover without Limits? and ?Transform Discovery into Practice.?

The Global Center will reside in 400,000 square feet of newly constructed research space housing state of the art laboratories and technologies. Cleveland Clinic's global footprint provides a large, growing, and diverse patient population giving our research teams' access to tens of thousands of unique biological samples through the centralized Cleveland Clinic Bio-Repository. Furthermore, the newly established partnership with IBM will leverage high- performance computing using hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing technologies to empower and accelerate big data research. The newly established Center for Therapeutic Discovery provides a full scale drug discovery effort to identify new drug targets and therapeutic compounds. All these efforts will ultimately coordinate with Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the technology commercialization and corporate venturing group serving to transform our discoveries into clinical practice.

About Us

Cleveland Clinic's vision is to become the best place for care and the best place to work in healthcare. We are committed to providing a safe, stable, and financially fulfilling work environment.  Even in these uncertain times, Cleveland Clinic is ambitiously investing in growth. Being a physician-led organization means doing what is best for the patients, every day.

Cleveland Clinic is one of the world's largest and busiest health centers.Patients come to Cleveland Clinic from all over the world. We offer advanced treatment for all illnesses and disorders of the body. We enjoy a strong reputation for outstanding quality care. U.S News & World Report Hospitals ranking of 2021-2022 has named us the No. 2 hospital in the nation once again and No.1 hospital for Ohio and metro areas for Cleveland, Akron and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Cleveland Clinic's heart program has ranked No. 1 in the nation since 1995. 

We are ranked nationally in 13 specialties, including 11 in the Top 10 and eight in the Top 5.

Other specialties noted for national excellence include ENT and pediatrics. Cleveland Clinic Children's offers highly specialized pediatric care in a family-centered atmosphere. It has been ranked the best children's hospital in Ohio by Child magazine.

In addition, Cleveland Clinic has been recognized as the No. 2 hospital in the world by Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2021 list.

Cleveland Clinic main campus and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital are ranked internationally while five other locations are listed among the best hospitals nationwide -

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida-Weston
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital

Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 as a not-for-profit group practice, integrating clinical and hospital care with research and physician education. In addition to our Cleveland location, we have Cleveland Clinic Florida, Cleveland Clinic Nevada, Cleveland Clinic Canada, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic London. Take a tour of our main campus!

Cleveland Clinic has more than 4,200 salaried physicians and scientists on staff, representing approximately 120 specialties and subspecialties. Patients came to us from across America and from more than 180 nations. We also lead an extensive system of community hospitals in Northeast Ohio called the Cleveland Clinic Hospitals.

This system is made up of Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Akron General Hospital, Avon Hospital, Euclid Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Lodi Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Marymount Hospital, Medina Hospital, Mercy Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and Union Hospital. Ashtabula County Medical Center is also an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic. With approximately 5,895 staffed beds, Cleveland Clinic Hospitals offers broad geographic coverage, a full continuum of care, improved quality and lower cost of care to Northeast Ohio residents.

Cleveland Clinic was named a top hospital and health system by Diversity Inc. in 2020. Companies on this list score well in talent pipeline, talent development, leadership commitment, and supplier diversity.



Our Culture

Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities.

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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About the Community

Cleveland is part of Northeast Ohio which is composed of six metropolitan areas. Each of them provides affordable real estate, excellent schools, safe communities as well as an abundance of outdoor activities. Find out here how great it is to live in Cleveland!

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By embracing and understanding the diversity EVERY ONE brings, Cleveland Clinic has created an inclusive culture that promotes innovation, growth, and new ideas. This has enhanced our ability to attract the best global talent to provide the best patient experience possible. Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. Smoke/drug free environment.