Clinical Research Scientist

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Austin, TX

About the Job

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has spent more than a half century conducting research into catastrophic diseases in children, including cancer, hematological disorders and various infections (e.g. pandemic viruses and HIV). St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the only National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center that is dedicated solely to the research and treatment of pediatric malignancies. The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of disease-related death in children aged 1 to 14 years. The St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center supports several multidisciplinary research programs that are organized with the specific intent of translating basic science discoveries into curative therapies for children with cancer, while minimizing long-term side effects.


Multimodal Functional Brain Imaging in Pediatric Cancer: St. Jude is highly motivated to develop a novel research program to acquire cognitive and psychosocial data pre- and post-cancer therapy, for characterizing and predicting the effect of cancer and cancer-therapy on sensory, perceptual, cognitive and emotional aspects of brain function and behavior, and for developing interventions with brain modulation and stimulation techniques to reverse the adverse cognitive effect of pediatric cancer. This new program would heavily rely on the application of multimodal functional brain imaging which requires highly sophisticated imaging techniques, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), electro/magnetoencephalography (EEG/MEG) and brain stimulation combined with novel experimental paradigms. In addition, novel computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence methods including functional and effective connectivity, causality modeling, real-time imaging, brain-computer interfaces and neurofeedback would be key tools for scientific investigation and translational intervention in this new research program.

The Clinical Research Scientist focuses on one or more specific scientific endeavors of laboratory- or clinically-based research as directed by the principal investigator. This position utilizes unique, advanced skills in clinical/population-based methodology to achieve the highest research goals. In this role, you will develop and/or implement research procedures and publish research results. You will also be responsible for initiating and conducting independent research without direct supervision along with assisting with the management of large, multidisciplinary research operations.


We are looking for talented and motivated individuals to fill the position of Clinical Research Scientist. Top candidates are expected to have completed PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, preferably in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, electronic/electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, psychology, or related areas. In addition, another strong preferences would be that the candidates completed a post-doctoral position for at least 2 years. Candidates who have demonstrated experience and ability to conduct experimental work on humans or animal models, skills in analytical and computational techniques, and excellent written and spoken communication are additional preferred skills. Candidates with demonstration of peer-reviewed journal publications, patents and conference presentations are preferred.

  • A MD or a PhD in an appropriate scientific field is required

  • Three (3) years of relevant and productive research experience in clinical/population-based outcomes and health behavior research required
  • Experience must include study design methodology, protocol development, study conduct and analysis

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