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Funding & Benefits for Postdocs

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is supported by ALSAC, one of the world’s leading nonprofit charitable organizations. ALSAC exists solely to raise and provide the funds necessary to operate and maintain St. Jude. St. Jude researchers also receive substantial support in terms of external grant funding.

Our unique funding model affords St. Jude researchers excellent support, resources and a remarkable degree of freedom to innovate and pursue novel ideas. 

Salary and funding opportunities

Postdoctoral fellows at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are not required to bring their own funding and are compensated with a competitive salary above the recommended NIH levels. On this salary postdocs are able to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in Memphis, a vibrant city with a low cost of living. 

We encourage postdocs to pursue competitive external funding opportunities as part of their professional development. In addition, several named institutional fellowships are awarded to outstanding postdoctoral fellows completing their training at St. Jude.

Current Salary Schedule

Years of Experience Stipend*
0 $70,013.00 
1 $72,509.00 
2 $75,005.00
3 $77,501.00 
4 $80,018.00 
5 $81,515.00
6 $83,013.00 
7+ $84,510.00
*Data science postdocs may be eligible for a higher salary

St. Jude provides competitive benefits, including:

  • Relocation assistance of $8,000 for 100+ mile moves
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance ($0 premiums for individuals)
  • $2,500 annual professional development allowance for training (e.g., attending scientific meetings, society memberships)
  • 403B retirement plan with 7% employer contribution
  • Laptop computer
  • Paid leave and competitive paid time off allotments

Staff in the Office of Academic Programs in Biomedical Sciences provide dedicated administrative and training support for postdoctoral fellows.

Relocation assistance

We offer comprehensive, individually tailored relocation assistance designed to make your move to Memphis and St. Jude a pleasant and exciting experience. Information regarding housing, schools, banking, child care, and other areas of need is available through our office. While you search for your ideal home, we can provide temporary furnished housing near St. Jude for up to three months at a discounted rate.

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Relocation to Memphis