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Chair of the Department of Systems and Computational Biomedicine

Weill Cornell Medicine
New York City, New York
Salary commensurate with experience
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Feb 6, 2022

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Weill Cornell Medicine

Chair, Department of Systems and Computational Biomedicine

Weill Cornell Medicine, the medical school of Cornell University, is searching for a visionary Chair of the Department of Systems and Computational Biomedicine. Reporting to the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, the department chair is a member of the senior research leadership team and works collaboratively with the central administration, fellow chairs, center and institute directors, and faculty members.

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is launching this new Department, which includes systems biology, biomedical applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, deep molecular phenotyping technologies, and statistical inference on high dimensional multi-modal biomedical data sets.  We envision a dynamic and innovative chair to head the department, and recruit new faculty in a major expansion.  This new department is a centerpiece for foundational science at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Faculty members in this department will include those developing new computational and simulation approaches in the study of complex biological systems, as well as faculty focused on analyzing large and complex sets of biomedical data. The chair will facilitate collaborations with faculty in other departments with expertise in biomedical imaging analysis, natural language processing and integration of genomic data into electronic health records.  In addition, the chair will partner with the Englander Institute of Precision Medicine at WCM, with Cornell University, Ithaca, with Cornell Tech, and with Weill Cornell-Qatar, bringing an exceptional range of expertise in computer science, biomed engineering, functional and evolutionary genomics, nanotechnology, the full spectrum of omics technologies, and facility with model and nonmodel organisms. Lastly, the chair will be expected to foster new programs with industry and in entrepreneurship with the support of Weill Cornell Medicine offices.

The chair will work in collaboration with the Dean of the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences to guide faculty in two outstanding PhD programs (Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology and the Tri-Institutional Computational Biology & Medicine), including faculty at Sloan Kettering Institute, Cornell University-Ithaca and Rockefeller University. The graduate school also has excellent MS programs in Health Informatics, Biostatistics and Data Science, Healthcare Policy and Economics, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research, and Computational Biology, which are led by faculty in other departments with aligned research interests. In addition, joint MD/PhD and MD/MS programs with a focus on computational sciences will be explored with Cornell Tech and Cornell University-Ithaca.

The successful candidate should have extensive administrative experience in research and educational programs. They will be expected to develop innovative research programs to build and enhance the research mission of the department and of the medical and graduate schools. The chair will have administrative, financial, and operational oversight of the department, and will be responsible for strategy development and execution of annual departmental goals and objectives; continuous evaluation of the department’s progress in meeting those goals; expansion of research areas in alignment with the WCM strategic plan; and faculty mentoring and development.

The successful candidate will possess a PhD, MD, or related degree(s), with scholarship commensurate of appointment as a senior tenure track faculty member of WCM. They will also be expected to conduct vibrant, externally funded research and should have an international reputation and track record of success in systems biology and computational biomedicine. They will be an established and visionary scientist with expertise in quantitative biology, who is able to bridge more than one area of research, and able to translate basic discoveries though collaborations between fundamental and translational/health sciences. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research and teaching, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and comprehensive curriculum vitae by clicking here. Applicants are encouraged to describe in their letter of interest how their scholarship contributes to building and supporting diverse educational and research communities. Applications submitted by January 20, 2022 will receive first consideration. Questions can be sent to

Diversity is one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s core values and is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research, and education. We welcome applications from candidates who share our commitment to fostering a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.


Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Weill Cornell also has PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Sloan-Kettering Institute and The Rockefeller University, has established a joint MD-PhD program for students to intensify their pursuit of Weill Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care. Weill Cornell Medical College is divided into 24 basic science and patient care departments that focus on the sciences underlying clinical medicine and/or encompass the study, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. In addition to its affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences maintain major affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as with the metropolitan-area institutions that constitute NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare Network. Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences are accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
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