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Why St. Jude for Your Scientific Training?


Leading-edge science. A deeply collaborative culture. World-class facilities and resources. At St. Jude, we offer a rich training environment to help talented investigators like you advance your work and launch a successful career.


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Science that Makes a Difference

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At St. Jude, science matters. Whether your goal is to solve molecular puzzles or discover new therapies, your work has the potential to make a real difference in patients’ lives. 

To advance cures, we conduct some of the world’s most innovative research on pediatric diseases and related biology, both in our faculty labs and in massive collaborative initiatives such as the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. Basic science is highly valued—and for serious translational work, on-campus infrastructure is designed to help you translate laboratory breakthroughs into clinical trials and new options for patients.

Research at St. Jude

Clinical & Research Innovation

An Extraordinary Culture

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As an early career investigator at St. Jude, you will enjoy a superb scientific environment in an institution that regularly ranks in FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” St. Jude has also earned numerous other top workplace awards, including ranking in The Scientist’s Top 10 “Best Places to Work in Academia” for the last seven years the survey was conducted.

Our trainees pursue creative research while working with some of the world’s top investigators. As a premier research and treatment center for children with life-threatening diseases, St. Jude is a place where scientists and clinicians work together across disciplines as a way of life. Our open, collaborative culture makes it easy to freely exchange ideas with scientific and clinical colleagues from all over campus. 

Honors and Awards

A Unique Funding Model

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St. Jude 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. Our scientists and research programs also receive substantial support from competitive external grants and awards. 

Our unique funding model affords St. Jude researchers exceptional resources and a remarkable degree of freedom to innovate and pursue creative ideas.

About Us

Superb Resources and Facilities

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The resources and facilities at St. Jude are extraordinary. Shared resources and cores expand the capabilities of each lab, freeing you to explore new research directions. Hands-on training is available if you are interested in mastering new technologies or techniques.

The beautifully landscaped St. Jude campus has more than a dozen buildings for research, patient care and education, and is continually expanding. As well as state-of-the-art faculty labs and core facilities, the campus is home to a biomedical library with access to more than 4,700 journals; a Global Education & Collaboration Center; a chemical library of more than 800,000 small molecules; and a current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility. 

Shared Resources and Core Facilities

Expert Mentorship

Researchers collaborating

As a scientific trainee, you will have the opportunity to work directly with an adviser from our renowned research faculty. The more than 200 members of our faculty work in a broad range of fields spanning basic and translational research to clinical care, and include a Nobel laureate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, and members of the National Academy of Sciences.

St. Jude faculty list

Faculty conducting laboratory or behavior-based research

Dedicated Support

Academic Programs Office

Your scientific training is a fundamental and exciting time in your career. At St. Jude, we are dedicated to nurturing and training early career investigators like you. Our faculty and staff in the Office of Academic Programs in the Biomedical Sciences offer comprehensive support and resources to help you develop professionally and scientifically, build relationships, and make the most of your time at St. Jude

Office of Academic Programs

Life Beyond the Bench

Students at the National Graduate Student Symposium

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

Memphis is a friendly, vibrant city with beautiful riverfront views, affordable living and outstanding dining, culture, music, night life, family activities, and outdoor recreation. Trainees can find easy commutes and a wide variety of attractive housing options including downtown lofts, riverview apartments, and single-family homes in quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods.

About Memphis

Scientific Training Opportunities

St. Jude also offers diverse clinical training opportunities. Learn more at Why St. Jude for Your Clinical Training?