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St. Jude Postdoctoral Association

Establishment and Purpose

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Postdoctoral Association was formed in 1998 to maximize the postdoctoral experience. We support enhanced professional growth through inspiring educational programs and seminars, research training and facilitate communications between the postdoctoral community and the administration of St. Jude.

Postdoctoral Association Mission

To provide platforms for collaborations and dialogue between the faculty and administration of St. Jude and the postdoctoral leadership council for the issues of direct relevance or interest for all basic science and clinical postdoctoral fellows at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • To participate on institutional committees in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to enriched scientific research for all St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital postdoctoral fellows.
  • To provide career development for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital postdoctoral fellows.
  • To maintain an intranet site of information pertinent to all St. Jude postdoctoral fellows.
  • To provide teaching and mentoring opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to work with St. Jude and the Memphis community in volunteer activities.


All persons presently involved in postdoctoral research, both basic science and clinical, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shall be considered active members of the Postdoctoral Association. Membership starts upon official appointment as a postdoctoral or clinical fellow and continues until termination or reclassification of the person’s position. There are no fees associated with this membership. Any member of the Postdoctoral Association is welcome to join the Leadership Council.

Leadership Council

  • The Leadership Council acts as spokespersons, representatives and advocates for the Postdoctoral Association. It shall be responsible for the administration of the affairs of the Association and shall be accountable to the membership of the Association. The Council shall be comprised of persons presently in postdoctoral positions at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and should number up to 10% of the total postdoctoral population (approximately 25-30 people). This will include the presence of eight (8) vice-chairpersons.
  • You are encouraged to be involved in the Leadership Council. This is an excellent setting to develop essential skills in working with others and the St. Jude administration. Together with Academic Programs, the Council strives to enhance the postdoctoral experience at St. Jude on every level, from career development, to funding opportunities, to social activities.