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In our 80-year legacy, Southern Research has helped shape modern cancer treatments, including developing seven FDA-approved drugs and testing more than half of active chemotherapies in the United States. Every layer of our team of scientific and professional staff serves a fundamental role in moving science.


Lexie Lehmann

Head of Growth Strategy

“I joined Southern Research because I was really intrigued by the new vision. The passion for this work was palpable and I knew immediately that it was something I wanted to be a part of too.”
Lehmann joined Southern Research in 2022 after working at Ed Farm. She moved to Birmingham from New York City in 2020 through a Venture for America fellowship.

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Southern Research offers competitive and comprehensive benefits for our employees and their families.










Long-Term Disability


Travel Accident Insurance


Tuition Assistance


19+ Days Paid & Personal Time


10 Paid Holidays


On-site gym

“My work in our BSL-3 facility has offered opportunities to grow. We each contribute individual skills that complement the team, and we do a very a very good job of working together.”

Enatra Hale

Biosafety Specialist

“I’ve been at Southern Research for 21 years. What inspires me the most about working at here is that we’re making a difference and having an impact on the world - as individuals and teams. As cliché as it sounds, it’s just so inspiring to be a part of something bigger.”

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LaVinia Ray

Associate Director of Operational Controls & Compliance Services

“Southern Research has allowed me to cultivate expertise in many facets of safety. I get to collaborate with teams across the organization and I most enjoy getting the chance to work with truly brilliant scientific minds. Given the nature and variety of our work, it’s been a great opportunity to grow as a young professional.”

Samuel Blunt

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

“Southern Research has supported me by allowing me to focus on goals we have as a team and continue my own personal growth. The most important part of our team culture is that we’re all working for the same goal- towards making Southern Research, Birmingham and the region better.”

Erin Luea

Senior Scientist - Toxicology


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Booming iron and steel production gave rise to the city in the late 1800’s. Today Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, with a metropolitan population of nearly a million people. The city now offers history, culture, industry and outdoor pursuits – home to several James Beard Foundation award-winning restaurants, museums for civil rights, aviation, motorsports and modern art, and is among the most biodiverse ecosystems in North America.

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