Chief Administrative & Scientific Officer

Canada's Genomics Enterprise (CGEn)
Job Location
CGEn Toronto - The Centre for Applied Genomics
13th Floor PGCRL, 686 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
Job Description

Canada’s Genomics Enterprise (CGEn), a national network of genome centres focused on whole genome sequence analysis for biomedical research, is seeking a qualified individual to fill a position as Chief Administrative and Scientific Officer.

CGEn was founded in 2015 with a $58M grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and partners, designed to align the three major Canadian genome centres in a single, consolidated network. These centres are The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) in Toronto, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) in Vancouver, and the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre (MUGQIC) in Montreal. Ongoing support of CGEn is provided by funding from CFI’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) fund, awarded in 2016, and other funding partners including Genome Canada through its Genomics Technology Platforms program, provincial governments, and others. Cost recoveries for service billings make up the majority of CGEn’s overall budget. CGEn’s client base includes well over a thousand individual laboratories per year, across Canada and worldwide, working in a variety of disciplines.


Reporting to the CGEn Executive Committee (comprised of platform leaders from CGEn’s Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal sites), the CAO/CSO will:

  • oversee all administrative and financial operations of CGEn, in collaboration with Facility Managers at each CGEn site;
  • serve as the primary administrative liaison between the three CGEn sites;
  • ensure the effective, efficient and accountable operations of the facility;
  • provide governance and management reporting, and lead reporting to funders and stakeholders;
  • work with scientific and technical personnel to oversee the identification, acquisition and implementation of the newest genomic technologies as they become available;
  • identify new opportunities for technology partnerships and scientific collaborations of benefit to CGEn, including private sector partnerships with biotech/pharma companies, where relevant;
  • work with CGEn institutional contracts and legal groups to develop and execute agreements to enable collaborations with private sector and other partners.


This position will be hired by The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG;, CGEn’s Toronto location. As such, the successful candidate will be an employee of The Hospital for Sick Children and will be located in Toronto. It is anticipated that there will be significant travel between the CGEn sites and other locations in Canada and abroad.



The successful candidate will possess a PhD in genomics, human genetics, molecular biology or a related field. Evidence of a significant track record in genomic science (postdoctoral work, peer-reviewed publications, industrial R&D in related areas of biotech/pharma, or similar) is required. Experience in managing large-scale, scientific projects is strongly desired.

The candidate must have demonstrated leadership skills and expertise, in an academic and/or private-sector setting.

Previous experience in a high-throughput genomics environment (i.e., genome centre) is strongly preferred. Experience supporting a core facility or similar service laboratory will be an asset, as will experience in a GLP, GMP, ISO or similar regulatory environment. The ability to respond to critical deadlines is essential.

Additional Qualifications

The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written English language communication and presentation skills, and an ability to explain complicated genomics concepts to non-specialist or lay audiences including potential funders, stakeholders, and government. French language fluency will be considered an asset. CGEn is comprised of a diverse set of individuals with backgrounds in the biological and computer sciences, the biotechnology industry, and other fields. The ability to integrate inputs from all of these individuals, recognize and capitalize on individual strengths and assist development of key individuals will be foundational to long-term success in this position.

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About Our Organization

About SickKids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world.  As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education.  Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day.  SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.

SickKids is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization.

SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

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