Faculty Position - Division of Cancer Predisposition / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a private, not-for-profit institute that is internationally recognized for its commitment to performing cutting edge research and providing state of the art clinical services, with the goal to improve the outcome for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. It is engaged in ongoing expansion of its facilities as well as patient care and scientific research activities.

The Division of Cancer Predisposition (DCP) is a new Section within the Department of Oncology that aims to optimize the management of children and families with increased genetic risk for cancer. Through integrated clinical, translational and basic research, the DCP will examine the clinical and biological impacts of germline cancer-predisposing mutations and use this knowledge to develop improved surveillance, preventive and therapeutic measures. To facilitate these efforts, we are recruiting a faculty-level investigator at the rank of Assistant or Associate Member (equivalent to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, respectively, in a traditional medical school/university system). This investigator is encouraged to conduct research and will be provided with ample opportunities to interact with faculty within multiple Programs at St Jude and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Associations with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and the Department of Pediatrics at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center will provide opportunities for teaching students, residents, and fellows.

 The vision of the Division of Cancer Predisposition is to serve as a center of excellence for genetic studies of heritable cancers and evaluation of the ethical, psychological and behavioral impacts of childhood genetic testing. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, we also strive to provide unsurpassed medical care to affected children and their families.

 Successful candidates will have interest and expertise in the psychological aspects surrounding genetic testing, particularly as it relates to children with cancer. Topics of investigation include parent and child perceptions of inherited cancer risk, decisional conflict or satisfaction around germline genetic testing, attitudes towards cancer surveillance and communication of genetic test results and their implications. Building on these observational topics, projects include the creation and implementation of interventions to facilitate developmentally appropriate conversations and adaptation to genetic risk information, promote genetic education and health literacy and foster adherence to cancer surveillance or preventive measures.

 Candidates should have an M.D. or related degree, with interest/experience in behavioral science, or a Ph.D. in psychology or related social science. Successful candidates will have a primary appointment in the Department of Oncology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology. Opportunities for related clinical activity are available depending on the background and interests of the candidate. Qualified candidates may also hold a faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee.

 Salaries are competitive and a generous benefit package is included.

 A letter of inquiry and current CV should be sent to: Kim E. Nichols, MD, Director, Division of Cancer Predisposition, Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105-2794, Telephone: 901-595-8385, Email: kim.nichols@stjude.org.

 St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.  St. Jude does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status or disabled veteran status with respect to employment opportunities. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment. St. Jude engages in affirmative action to increase employment opportunities for minorities, women veterans and individuals with disabilities. Candidates receiving offers of employment will be subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks.