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Life Beyond the Bench


When you come to St. Jude, you don’t just start a job—you join a community. From a dedicated lounge to organized social and professional development events and an onsite fitness center, you’ll have ample opportunity to build a fulfilling personal and social life during your time at St. Jude.


Career development opportunities

To complement your scientific work, St. Jude offers a wide range of opportunities to prepare you for a successful professional future. We provide leadership opportunities, a generous professional development allowance, ongoing seminars and workshops, and much more.

Learn more: Professional Development

Postdoc Coordinator

Postdoctoral Coordinator Karyn Lawrence is dedicated to providing support, information and advice to all postdoctoral fellows at St. Jude. As well as overseeing relocation needs, she is an invaluable resource for questions regarding all aspects of postdoc life, from work in the lab to housing, banking, government services, schools and other community resources.

Life in Memphis

Since most of our postdocs are from outside Memphis, we make it a priority to introduce new members of our community to our vibrant city. We’ll work closely with you to ensure your relocation to Memphis goes smoothly, and share advice about great places for dining, culture, night life, family fun, outdoor recreation and more.

Read more: About Memphis

Postdoc lounge

Postdocs enjoy access to a lounge that is exclusively for their use. The lounge is a beautifully designed place to come together, meet new people, exchange ideas or just relax. The room has a small kitchen, cable TV and access to three small offices that can be reserved for studying or phone interviews. 


Social gatherings organized throughout the year provide a casual forum to meet other fellows with shared scientific, cultural, or personal interests. In the fast-paced world of research, these gatherings provide a great way to relax, get out of the lab for a while, and build relationships with friends and colleagues.

Postdoc newsletters

Weekly and bimonthly newsletters ensure our busy postdocs have the latest information about seminars, professional development, social gatherings, and other happenings at their fingertips. These publications make it easy to take advantage of all the opportunities at St. Jude.

Volunteer opportunities

Many of our postdocs enjoy participating in local volunteer and outreach events, which can range from working with St. Jude patient families, to beautifying area parks, to doing science projects at local schools. These opportunities are organized for and by postdocs, making it easy to get involved.


As well as being located near beautiful biking and running routes on the Mississippi River, St. Jude has a state-of-the-art onsite fitness center for all employees. Memphis offers a wealth of recreation opportunities for casual and competitive athletes, from scenic trails and river routes to organized races, clubs and events.

Read more: About Memphis