Automation Engineer/ Scientist

Memphis, TN

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The World’s Most Dedicated Never Give Up

There’s a reason St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is consistently ranked on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For” list. Because at our world-class pediatric research hospital, every one of our professionals shares our commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. There’s a unique bond when you’re part of a team that gives their all to advance the treatments and cures of pediatric catastrophic diseases. The result is a collaborative, positive environment where everyone, regardless of their role, receives the resources, support and encouragement to advance and grow their careers and be the force behind the cures.

Automation Engineer/ Scientist

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital launched a major new strategic initiative in human stem cell research.  At the foundation of this initiative was the establishment of a new  human stem cell shared resource called the Center for Modeling Pediatric Disease (CMPD) where human stem cells will be produced and differentiated to improve treatment for catastrophic diseases of childhood. A custom built robotic platform will allow the CMPD to reprogram primary cells and perform differentiation assays at a scale that that is unprecedented.  The CMPD is led by Sunita D’Souza and her energetic, talented, multi-disciplinary team who are dedicated to support the research endeavors of the faculty at St. Jude.

The Researcher in the CMPD will lead all stem cell differentiation studies enabling world-renowned investigators to answer their scientific questions.  This will include development and optimization of new stem cell differentiation procedures and implementation of those procedures at scale for high-throughput drug screening and high-content image based screening efforts. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing all aspects of stem cell differentiation and collaborating with faculty and staff on exciting and innovative research projects. Daily responsibilities include working with the director and facility staff to develop new stem cell differentiation assays, optimize and validate existing assays and perform stem cell differentiation for St. Jude investigators. In addition to the leadership role in stem cell differentiation, you are expected to play an integral role in the day to day operations of the laboratory, consulting with researchers to formulate optimal workflows and experimental priorities. The researcher also designs one-on-one training or education sessions to guide best practices and support productive collaborations across the institution.  You will oversee all work performed, and you are expected to maintain extensive knowledge and expertise in current and emerging stem cell differentiation techniques and the associated protocols. This is a dynamic laboratory environment where you will work with researchers involved in innovative basic and translational research for the fulfillment of our mission: Finding Cures. Saving Children.

  • Operating and performing troubleshooting on robotic instrumentation
  • Managing the use of all equipment by writing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures and coordination of all issue reporting and repairs
  • Validation and Optimization of automated protocols
  • Improving efficiency by standardizing of methods and protocols
  • Keeping up to date with software on various automation instrumentation
  • Assists with automated stem cell training
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant scientific area is required
  • no experience required
St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

No Search Firms:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. Please do not call or email. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee or other representative at St. Jude via email, the internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place and approved by HR will result in no fee being paid in the event the candidate is hired by St. Jude.

COVID-19 vaccine:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment.