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Be at the forefront of the gene editing revolution and contribute to developing next generation therapies for children. Top-tier compensation and benefits, supportive and collaborative team environment with unique opportunities and exciting potential for career advancement.

The mission of the Kellogg lab is to use protein structure and design to create a better tomorrow. The Kellogg lab has a... strong leadership position at forefront of understanding the biology of complex genome-editing systems (Science, 2023, Molecular Cell, 2023, Science, 2023, Nature, 2023, PNAS, 2022, Science, 2021, and more) and is well funded by the NIH, Pew Biomedical Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to develop bold, innovative approaches to study programmable transposons for clinical gene replacement therapy.

The Kellogg lab is a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment, routinely working with scientific centers that enjoy generous institutional support through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: the Cryo-EM Center, the Protein Technology Center, the Single-Molecule Imaging Center, the Center for Advanced Genome Editing, and the Cell & Tissue Imaging Center. As a result of Dr. Kellogg’s highly interdisciplinary training, the lab is a scientifically enriching environment at the intersection of cryo-electron microscopy, CRISPR biology, and computational protein design.

Job Description

We are looking for a fast learner with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and strong communication skills. The ideal candidate has strong interest in developing their career in the exponentially growing areas of CRISPR genome-editing and/or cryo-electron microscopy. We are looking for someone who demonstrates leadership qualities and a collaborative team-spirit. They will provide research support by working closely with leading Kellogg lab scientists, and in turn will be mentored in their own scientific development. Successful candidates will have experience performing standard protein biochemistry techniques, including basic bacterial culture, immuno-precipitation, and protein chromatography. Excellent organization and a collaborative attitude is required to document lab procedures, record experimental observations, present results, and coordinate materials for multiple experimentalists in the group. Experience in using various chromatography techniques with a FPLC (i.e. AKTA Pure or Bio-rad) or HPLC, including size exclusion chromatography is a plus. A large component of weekly responsibilities will be 1.) working with scientists in the lab to execute or optimize routine experiments 2.) work with the lab manager to keep lab operations smoothly running. In this position, the candidate will be exposed to multiple, cutting edge techniques spanning cryo-electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, machine learning, and advanced genomics in a world class research environment aimed at advancing cures for genetic disorders.

• Maintain a supply of custom reagents under the supervision of senior scientists.
• Molecular cloning of single constructs using modern assembly techniques.
• Maintain and develop standard lab operation protocols and procedures.
• Large-scale RNA/DNA production using in vitro transcription and/or PCR.
• Possibilities for performing cutting-edge experiments to optimize multi-protein assemblies using cell-free transcription/translation systems.
• Potential to learn new skills, including Transmission Electron Microscopy and Mass spectrometry.

Opportunities for Professional Growth
• The candidate will be given opportunities to develop new skills, including mass spectrometry and Transmission Electron Microscope operation.
• Candidates may be given opportunities to learn cryo-EM sample preparation, basic programming, and image processing.
• The candidate will be given opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary scientific research and be mentored in developing leadership skills.
• The candidate will be given opportunities to participate in lab meetings and journal clubs alongside other scientists. The candidate will be mentored in public speaking and taught to critically evaluate scientific work.

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is consistently named as one of Fortune magazine’s “Best Companies to Work for” and top 10 “Best Places to Work in Academia” by the Scientist Magazine. St Jude is located in Memphis, Tennessee, the 28th most populous city in America. Memphis is a historic city with an affordable cost of living along with world class dining and strong cultural tradition in music and theater. Memphis enjoys a mild, sunny climate year-round and has some of the largest outdoor green spaces of any big city.

St. Jude Employees receive:
• Competitive compensation packages commensurate with experience. Researchers are well compensated at industry-competitive rates.
• Excellent healthcare plans with zero to low health premium costs.
• Generous retirement benefits with contributions from St. Jude
• Onsite health clinic, pharmacy, and exercise facilities.
• Paid parental leave and adoption assistance.
• Immigration Services
• Tuition Reimbursement

The Kellogg lab is committed to building a lab culture that is based on respect, diversity, and inclusion which contributes to a dynamic, innovative, and creative scientific environment that is fundamentally based on empathy and intellectual curiosity. The Kellogg lab is proud to be home to ambitious, curious, and fun-loving scientists of all nationalities and backgrounds.

Minimum Education and/or Training:
• Bachelor's degree in relevant scientific area is required

Minimum Experience:
• Seven (7) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Bachelor's degree.
• Five (5) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Master's degree
• Three (3) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a PhD

Desirable Skills:
• Strong candidates from a related field (biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, molecular biology) are encouraged to apply.

To virtually meet Dr. Kellogg, check out The Plunge, a Cryo-EM Podcast she and two colleagues hosted. Dr. Kellogg was also recently featured on Cryo-Talk to talk about her life & work.

To be considered, please apply here: or email Elizabeth.Kellogg@stjude.org for further inquiries. Applications will be considered until position is filled.

Have More in Memphis

Get the best of big-city amenities mixed with all the charm of a small-town feel when you live in Memphis. From our world-renowned music scene to our eclectic mix of food and people. Memphis is a place our employees are proud to call home. Our region enjoys a cost of living more than 20% lower than the national average and our state places no personal income tax on wages. Plus, Memphians spend five hours less per year in their daily commute compared to the national average. Learn how you can “Have More in Memphis.”


In recognition of certain U.S. state and municipal pay transparency laws, St. Jude is including a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This is an estimate offered in good faith and a specific salary offer takes into account factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the salary range and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current salary range is $86,320 - $154,960 per year for the role of Scientist – Protein Biochemist – Kellogg Lab.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a diverse, global patient population and workforce, built on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our founder Danny Thomas envisioned a hospital that would treat children of the world—regardless of race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Learn more about our history and commitment.

Today, we continue the mission to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. As we accelerate this progress globally, we believe our legacy of diversity, equity and inclusion is foundational to success. With the commitment of leaders at all levels of the organization, we strive to ensure the St. Jude culture, leadership approaches and talent processes are equitable and culturally responsive. View our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report to learn about the hospital’s roots in diversity, equity and inclusion, where we are today and our aspirations for an even better future.

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