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Lead Researcher – Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy

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

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Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Lead Researcher to join the Gottschalk Lab in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy (BMTCT).



St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a private, not-for-profit institute that is internationally recognized for its commitment to providing state of the art clinical services, while performing innovative scientific and patient-directed research. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.


We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Lead Researcher to join the Gottschalk Lab in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy (BMTCT). The Gottschalk lab is interested in developing cellular immunotherapies for pediatric cancer. The Lead Researcher will conduct research that is focused on the immunotherapy of pediatric leukemia with genetically modified T cells. They will join a highly collaborative research group that strives to build and maintain a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion. Likewise, we care deeply about the success and professional growth of our lab members. Applicants with experience in generating and evaluating human immune cells, flow cytometry, and preclinical animal models are strongly encouraged to apply.


Responsibilities include:

  • Tissue culture – e.g., isolation of human cells from blood samples, cell sorting, culture of human primary cells and cell lines, transduction of cells with viral vectors.
  • Functional analysis and characterization of T cells – e.g., ELISA, Multiplex analysis, flow cytometric analysis, cytotoxicity assays.
  • Molecular and Cell Biology – e.g., DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, western blot analysis.
  • Animal experiments – e.g., cell injections, cell isolation, imaging.
  • Analyze data, present results at lab meetings, support manuscript and grant submissions.
  • Keep accurate data records and notebooks.
  • Assisting in the day-to-day operations of the lab.


Minimum Education and/or Training:

  • Bachelor's degree 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.





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 Lead Researcher – Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy.


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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.


St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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