Director of Cytogenetics

Memphis, TN

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Director of Cytogenetics

We have an opportunity for a Director to lead and direct the Cytogenetics Shared Resource (CSR)with advanced molecular cytogenetics experience at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


The Cytogenetic Shared Resource provides a large diversity of cytogenetic services including standard G band karyotyping, spectral karyotyping, FISH analysis, and FISH probe design and development. A wide range of FISH services are offered including DNA FISH, RNA FISH, and all combinations of RNA FISH, DNA FISH, and immunofluorescence protein staining.  These types of analysis can be performed sequentially on the exact same cells. This allows for direct visualization of not only gene content but also gene expression and protein translation.  



At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we know what can be achieved when the brightest scientific minds face the fewest barriers. That’s why we provide world-class facilities, state-of-the-art technologies, and extraordinary support for your research to ensure scientific progress is never halted from a lack of resources. At St. Jude, you will be part of a collaborative, bench-to-bedside environment where you can see, firsthand, how your science translates into survival for the children we serve.


Preferred skills and experiences:

  • Thorough understanding of cytogenetic techniques and analysis.
  • Experience in G-band karyotyping of human and mouse cells.
  • Experience in performing Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH).
  • Experience in performing Spectral Karyotype (SKY).
  • Experience in operating and maintaining karyotype/FISH scanner and karyotyping stations
  • Fully participates in maintaining a positive team environment that is conducive to end-user satisfaction.
  • Applies sensible approaches that reflect an understanding of all relevant factors
  • Revises plans to meet changing circumstances.
  • Follows through in seeing tasks and assignments.
  • Recommends innovative ways of working more efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

Displays strong Interpersonal Skills. Develops and maintains rapport with others. Varies approach with others and demonstrates effective listening skills.

  • Manage and assist staff in planning, scheduling, and performing cytogenetic analyses and manipulations required to fulfill the Core’s mission.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of cytogenetic technologies and emerging applications.
  • Employ and maintain effective communication with investigators, CSR staff, and other personnel involved in CSR projects and activities.
  • Advise and interact with faculty and other research staff on the management, design, and technical needs of projects serviced by the CSR.
  • Ensure and oversee operations and quality of reagents and services provided by the CSR, as well as develop annual budgets and recommendations for future capital acquisitions.  
  • Ten (10) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Bachelor's degree.
  • Eight (8) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Master's degree.
  • Six (6) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a PhD.
  • Management experience is required- 2+ years preferred.