Executive Director – Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience

Atlanta, Georgia
Commensurate with experience
January 29 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Executive Director 

Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience

The Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking an Executive Director for the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (Petit Institute), one of Georgia Tech's eleven Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs).  The Petit Institute’s mission is to promote innovative interdisciplinary activities and lead the establishment of new research initiatives at the interface of bioengineering and the biosciences. It serves as an “intellectual crossroads” for interdisciplinary and translational research across Georgia Tech’s six colleges and through strategic partnerships including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the University of Georgia. It also administers interdisciplinary graduate academic programs in bioengineering, bioinformatics, and quantitative biosciences, and research experiences for undergraduates and high school students.  The Petit Institute’s mandate is to create and catalyze previously unimagined solutions to grand challenges in human health, biology, and other bioengineering-related fields. 

The Executive Director provides intellectual leadership to the organization while also maintaining oversight of the operations.  Directly impacting more than $70 million in annual research awards, the Petit Institute provides a 150,000 square foot physical home for over 35 faculty, and administrative infrastructure that currently supports 19 faculty-led research centers and more than 200 faculty members.  These faculty, who retain their “faculty home” in the Georgia Tech college and school of their primary academic appointment, conduct their research in facilities supported by and/or with services provided by the Petit Institute, including 16 state-of-the-art core facilities in two buildings.  As a service-oriented leader, the successful candidate must enable faculty and staff success through supportive partnerships with the academic units.  The incoming Executive Director will also enrich collaborations with industry and the applied research and economic development units of Georgia Tech, as part of an ongoing initiative to develop a vibrant life science innovation ecosystem.

The Executive Director will hold the Parker H. Petit Director’s Chair and have a primary tenured academic appointment in the appropriate Georgia Tech academic school.  In addition to an academic or industry leadership background and an outstanding national and international reputation, candidates should have an ambitious vision of how to lead the Petit Institute to the next level of success, a strong track record and passion for collaborative interdisciplinary research and training, and a clear commitment to mentoring young faculty members and students and working for “the greater good.”  The Executive Director will report to the Executive Vice President for Research and is expected to develop a forward-looking vision for bioengineering and bioscience that will enable Georgia Tech to strengthen its national leadership position in these areas.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is situated on an attractive 400-acre campus in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading research institutions, with research expenditures of $824 million, 274 inventions disclosed, and 62 U.S. patents issued in fiscal year 2017. Georgia Tech’s innovation ecosystem, of which the Petit Institute is a major component, brings together education, research, industry, and government with a focus on creating transformative opportunities, strengthening collaborative partnerships, and positively impacting the economy and society.

Application materials, which include: 1) a vision statement, 2) a curriculum vitae/resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references should be submitted at: https://georgiatech.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fokk

While applications and nominations will be received until the executive director is selected, interested parties are encouraged to respond by March 16, 2018, to assure optimal consideration. All inquiries and correspondence should be directed in confidence to the search committee co-chairs:

Susan Margulies

Chair, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering


Todd Streelman

Chair, School of Biological Sciences


Georgia Tech is an Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Institution and offers a dynamic academic environment with competitive salary and benefits. The selection process will include successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Georgia Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and under-represented candidates. For more information about Georgia Tech, please visit http://www.gatech.edu.

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