Lead Researcher in Infectious Diseases - Charles Russell group

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Infectious Diseases
Scientific Research
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We are looking for a motivated Lead Researcher to join the lab of Dr. Russell in the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Dr. Russell's lab is interested in identifying molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases caused by emerging influenza viruses and paramyxoviruses, negative-strand RNA virus replication and pathogenesis, and studying viral envelope glycoproteins as targets for novel vaccines and drugs.


This is an opportunity to incorporate disciplines from structural biology to studying infectious diseases in animals, better understand how a virus gains pandemic potential in humans, and be on the forefront of improving vaccines.



Experience in viral pathogenesis and working on animal models is preferred.

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


In this role, the successful candidate will:

  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Analyze and report on data
  • Handle and propogate influenza and paramyxoviruses
  • Create and modify vaccines
  • Test vaccines in model systems
  • Assist in laborartory maintenance like ordering, shipping, and organizing
  • Assist in the training of incoming and temporary staff in the lab



Minimum Education

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant scientific area is required

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




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. 

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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Other Information

St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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COVID-19 vaccine:

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.


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