Lead Researcher in Pathology

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Scientific Research
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At St. Jude, you will be part of a collaborative, bench-to-bedside environment where you can see firsthand, how your science translates into survival for the children we serve. We are seeking a self-motivated and detail-oriented Lead Researcher to join the laboratory of Dr. Ellison, in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Ellison's lab is interested in exploring the clinical and molecular features associated with pediatric brain tumors, particularly ependymoma.


Candidates should be able to perform and coordinate a wide range of laboratory research procedures and conduct a spectrum of complex support tasks and projects determined by our current research. Your duties will include molecular, cellular, and biochemical analyses using methods such as ChIP-Seq, ATAC-Seq, Single Cell-Seq, and processing tissue for translational studies. You will also manage murine colonies and perform cranial implants. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively, work independently, and present scientific findings.



Preferred Skills

Experience with ChiP-Seq, ATAC-Seq, Single Cell-Seq, DNA and RNA extractions, and immunohistochemistry is preferred.

Experience with animal husbandry, breeding, colony management and genotyping is preferred.

Candidates with good communication and organizational skills are encouraged to apply.




Apply to be a part of the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant scientific area is required
  • Master's degree preferred



Minimum Experience

  • Five (5) years of relevant, post-degree work experience is required
  • Two (2) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Master's degree
  • No experience is required with a PHD

What We Offer

Salary is highly competitive (comparable to industry) and employee benefits are outstanding. Relocation assistance is available. Working at St. Jude provides the opportunity to make a tangible difference to pediatric cancer patient care and survival and St. Jude has been consistently ranked in Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work” list and is exceptionally positively reviewed on GlassDoor.


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COVID-19 vaccine:


As of September 10, 2021, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment.


EEO Statement:  St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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