Senior Researcher in Pharmacogenomics

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Pharmaceutical Sciences
Scientific Research
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A Senior Researcher position is currently available in the Pharmacotyping Resource, located within the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.


The mission of the Pharmacotyping Resource is to leverage new drug screening technology to enable collaborative pharmacogenomics research that will translate into improved cancer treatment outcomes.  The resource uses a state-of-the-art fluorescence imaging platform to test drug sensitivity profiles (pharmacotyping) of a variety of pathologic tissues obtained from children with catastrophic diseases, with a focus on pediatric cancer. We seek an accomplished, self-motivated, meticulously organized senior researcher with a strong background in cell culture and microplate assays to work with fluorescence imaging and drug assay development.



Candidates should have experience with cell culture and be able to perform a wide range of laboratory research procedures and conduct complex support tasks and projects determined by our current research. Duties will include molecular and cellular analyses and ex vivo testing of patient tissues using fluorescence imaging methods. The position will involve interaction with other staff scientists, bioinformaticians, and trainees and presentation of scientific findings during regular working group meetings. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team.


Preferred Skills:

Experience with handling and processing of primary tissues for cell culture, DNA extraction, microplate assays and fluorescence imaging are strongly preferred. Candidates with excellent communication and organizational skills are encouraged to apply.


  • Manage the work of multiple projects to meet deadlines.
  • Coordinate sample acquisition, distribution, processing, and analysis of research samples from internal and external collaborators.
  • Perform ex vivo testing of patient tissues using fluorescence imaging methods.
  • Prepare and report results leading to presentations or publications
  • Assist in the day to day operation of the lab.


Minimum Education

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant scientific area is required.

Minimum Experience

  • Two (2) years of relevant, post-degree work experience is required with a Bachelor's degree.
  • No experience is required with a Master's or PhD degree.




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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