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Senior or Lead Researcher - Neurobehavioral Core

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (St. Jude)
Memphis, Tennessee
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
11 Oct 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

The Senior or Lead Researcher will assist principal investigators with experimental design and the collection and analysis of data for behavioral research projects. Participates in all aspects of the Developmental Neurobiology (DNB) Behavioral Core Laboratory. Trains and oversees the laboratory work of approved DNB personnel. Performs experiments with minimum supervision and learns and develops new procedures. Participates in the design and interpretation of experiments. Assists in presentation and/or publication of research. Assists in tracking expenses and ordering equipment and supplies. Maintains and assesses the Behavioral Core’s infrastructure and capabilities to ensure that it offers state-of-the-art support for behavioral research. Performs other duties as assigned or directed to meet the goals and objectives of the department and the institution.



The Neurobehavioral Core is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior or Lead Researcher to join our department of Developmental Neurobiology. This individual will play a pivotal role in overseeing the DNB Behavior Core Laboratory, ensuring its efficient operation and advancing our research capabilities in behavior analysis.


The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of vet tech or research experience, or a Master’s degree or PhD in neuroscience or related discipline (i.e. behavior, psychology, anatomy)

  • Prior experience handling murine models or other relevant hands-on experience in pre-clinical work

  • Proficiency with or in Microsoft Excel, MS Office, and Windows platform

  • Flexibility to occasionally work off hours

  • Prior experience in a research laboratory or hospital setting

  • Prior experience designing or contributing to experiments

  • Prior experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing behavioral experiments

  • Proven organizational skills, able to schedule and complete multiple ongoing projects

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse investigators


This opportunity offers the ability to conduct functional assays in murine models and to work with cutting edge researchers addressing the mechanisms and prevention of childhood diseases. The Neurobehavioral Core is committed to providing individual advancement, mentoring and training, as well as ongoing support at all stages of career development. At St. Jude, we know what can be achieved when the brightest scientific minds face the fewest barriers. That’s why we provide world-class facilities, state-of-the-art technologies, and extraordinary support for your research to ensure scientific progress is never halted by a lack of resources.


Job responsibilities:

1. Performs daily operational activities within the Behavior Core Laboratory.

  • Schedules staff, users, and resources

  • Monitors equipment status and ensures appropriate maintenance.

  • Ensures compliance with regulatory policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Follows standard operating procedures and protocols for behavioral analyses within the Core.

  • Track expenses and order supplies.

  • Assists in development of new capabilities for behavioral analysis.

2. Trains laboratory personnel to use the Core’s equipment/facilities.

  • Trains core users to run assays and use equipment.

3. Plans and performs behavior experiments.

  • Schedules and conducts behavioral experiments.

  • Assists in analysis, storage, and distribution of data.

4. Assists investigators with publications.

5. Performs other related duties as assigned to meet the goals of the department and institution.


Minimum Education:

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

  • Master’s degree, MD or Ph.D. in related field preferred. field (e.g. neuroscience, experimental psychology).


Senior Researcher 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 degree.


Lead Researcher Minimum Experience:

  • Five (5) years of relevant, post-degree work experience is required with a Bachelor's degree.

  • Two (2) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Master's degree.

  • No experience is required with a PhD.


Preferred Experience:

Minimum of two (2) years’ experience with murine models or related behavior analysis with a Ph.D. In lieu of a Ph.D., a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in behavior analysis with a master’s degree.

Familiarity with programming languages (e.g. R, Python, MATLAB) preferred.




In recognition of certain U.S. state and municipal pay transparency laws, St. Jude is including a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This is an estimate offered in good faith and a specific salary offer takes into account factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the salary range and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current salary range is $65,520 - $114,400 per year for the role of Senior or Lead Researcher - Neurobehavioral Core.


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a diverse, global patient population and workforce, built on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our founder Danny Thomas envisioned a hospital that would treat children of the world—regardless of race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Learn more about our history and commitment.


Today, we continue the mission to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. As we accelerate this progress globally, we believe our legacy of diversity, equity and inclusion is foundational to success. With the commitment of leaders at all levels of the organization, we strive to ensure the St. Jude culture, leadership approaches and talent processes are equitable and culturally responsive. View our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report to learn about the hospital’s roots in diversity, equity and inclusion, where we are today and our aspirations for an even better future.


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