Lead Researcher

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Bo Bo, IN
Closing date
May 27, 2022

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A lead researcher position is available for a highly motivated individual interested in transition from a postdoctoral position to a stable managerial position in the laboratory of 10-15 scientists. The candidate will oversee lab operations and have an opportunity to lead an independent research project. This project is a collaboration between the Zakharenko and Ansari labs on developing rationally designed cures for 22q11 deletion syndrome, a rare condition that is also one of the highest genetic risks for schizophrenia.

Preference will be given to applicants who have strong neuroscience and molecular biological background, experience in production lentiviruses and adeno-associated viruses, and strong communication skills.


The candidate will benefit from both an outstanding work environment in the laboratory and a highly collaborative St. Jude community. The successful candidate will join a diverse team of researchers whose efforts are directed toward understanding mechanisms of schizophrenia, behavior at the levels of neural circuits, individual neurons, synapses, and molecules. The laboratory is part of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology, which houses specialized departmental shared resources, including an integrated support structure for rodent behavior testing, 3-dimensional brain organoids, in vivo and ex vivo cellular imaging, bioinformatics, production of genetically engineered animal models, single-cell profiling, and advanced image processing and analysis. In addition, numerous institutional shared resources and core facilities support the laboratory by providing expertise and state-of-the-art technologies.

Apply to be a part of the mission of St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital: to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a familys ability to pay.

Minimum Education

• Bachelors degree in relevant scientific area is required

Minimum Experience

• Five (5) years of relevant, post-degree work experience is required with a Bachelors degree

• Two (2) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Masters degree

• No experience is required with a PHD

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