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Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Based On Experience
Clinical Administration/Directors
Memphis, TN
Position Description
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking an innovative and strategic leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of scholarship in pharmaceutical sciences as well as demonstrated leadership experience. Work experience in a cancer research setting is highly desirable as is the ability to effectively foster a supportive and collaborative workplace dedicated to cutting-edge research and optimal clinical care. Additional expectations include strong communications skills, financial acumen to oversee the departmental budget, ability to secure extramural funding and dedication to faculty mentorship and career development.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences plays a central role in advancing the institutional mission of finding cures and saving children through research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The department has historically integrated both pharmaceutical sciences (with a primary mission of research), and pharmaceutical services (with a primary mission of clinical care), with a goal of rapidly translating research findings into clinical care. Its primary goals are to discover the biological basis for inter-individual differences in response to medications, to translate research findings to improve treatment outcomes, and to provide the best and most comprehensive pharmaceutical care for St. Jude patients. Department faculty are internationally recognized for their research in fundamental and clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, pediatric therapeutics, and medication safety. The department includes Pharmaceutical Services, the CAP/CLIA-accredited Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Laboratory for St. Jude, as well as the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Pharmacokinetics Shared Resource.

The department and institution provide a collaborative environment designed to foster transdisciplinary work in basic, translational and clinical sciences. The department hosts multiple regular multidisciplinary meetings and webinars, and its faculty, staff, and trainees are highly collaborative with other clinical, translational, and basic science research departments at St. Jude, as well as at the University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. The department supports education and training of professional students, graduate students, clinical fellows, PGY2 pharmacy residents, and post-doctoral fellows. Pharmaceutical Sciences Department faculty, staff, and trainees work closely with each other; with collaborators in other departments at St. Jude; and with colleagues around the world to advance research and cures for pediatric patients. Additional details about the department can be found:

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Since then St. Jude has transformed the way the world understands and treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude currently employs approximately 4,700 scientists, clinicians, and staff and provides a wealth of opportunity for innovative research and diverse collaborations. The hospital has the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. The hospital is ranked routinely as one of the top pediatric cancer hospitals in the nation by U. S. News and World Report and has won national awards for workplace culture including nine consecutive years as one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Details on the rich St. Jude environment for clinical care and for clinical and basic research are available at

How to Apply

Applications and nominations should be sent to the Search Committee Chair via Melissa Jones at To apply online:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should have a Ph.D., Pharm.D. or equivalent degree and academic credentials that qualify for appointment at the full member (Professor) level. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital values diversity and encourages applications from candidates belonging to underrepresented groups. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of interest emphasizing relevant scholarship, mentoring and leadership experiences. Applications will be kept confidential.
Contact Information

Melissa Jones
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Telephone: (901) 595-3300
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