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Why Train at Fox Chase?

Fox Chase Cancer Center is a small, comprehensive cancer center that is home to top clinicians and scientists, world-class research facilities, and outstanding patient care. Located in Northeast Philadelphia, the Center is part of a safe, residential neighborhood on the border between Philadelphia and its northern suburbs. Fox Chase is approximately 10 miles northeast of Center City Philadelphia, with easy access (via car, bus or train) to parks, shopping, dining and all the region's best cultural attractions.

Fox Chase offers a rich and supportive training environment, and has consistently ranked in the top 10 places for postdoctoral training in the United States. The program provides training in presentation and communcation skills, scientific writing, networking and career planning. Moreover, Fox Chase is part of the rich scientific and biotech environment in the Philadelphia region, and many of our former trainees are now employees (and contacts) at these institutions and companies.

Collaboration: The Fox Chase Difference

Fox Chase fosters an environment conducive to strong collaboration across all disciplines, from basic to translational research. As a research or clinical trainee at Fox Chase, you will have the opportunity to interact with our faculty as a valued colleague in a setting built around mutual respect and collegiality.

Here at Fox Chase, you can build relationships with a renowned group of experts while furthering your own skills as a scientist. The support you will receive at Fox Chase goes well beyond the laboratory walls, with training, career development and a generous array of benefits. As a result, Fox Chase has an excellent career placement record in academia and industry, as well as other careers in science.

Core Research Facilities

Despite its relatively small size, Fox Chase has an outstanding array of core facilities that rival those of many larger research institutions. These facilities, which provide access to the latest technology, also provide essential services that would otherwise demand a considerable amount of benchwork on the part of the laboratory staff. Facilities include DNA micro-array, electron microscopy, cell imaging, histopathology, laser capture micro-dissection, molecular modeling, transgenic and knock-out mice, flow cytometry, antibody production, translational research (including siRNA and drug screening), tumor bank facility, tumor micro-array and many others.

Comprehensive Research Library

Fox Chase also has an exceptional research library located on campus. Staff librarians are always just a phone call, email or instant message away with answers to your questions, and provide full support through regular training sessions. Whether you need help crafting the perfect query in Medline or building a bibliography in EndNote, the Talbot Research Library staff is there to help. The library provides access to many online journals, databases and other resources, and the inviting library space includes comfortable seating, wireless access and a computer cluster for internet access and more.

Competitive Pay and Benefits

The postdoctoral salary scale is set by the NIH and is commensurate with experience, ranging from $42,000 - $55,272. Clinical resident salaries similarly range from $53,310-$73,132.

Fox Chase postdoctoral fellows and clinical residents also enjoy a generous benefits package, including:

  • Subsidized housing
  • Subsidized day care
  • Health and dental insurance

In addition, trainees have the opportunity to augment their income by obtaining outside fellowships. A list of external fellowships that can be applied for is available at www.grantsnet.org. In addition, you can contact the Office of Sponsored Research at Fox Chase for a list of fellowships and upcoming deadlines.

Living In and Around Philadelphia

Fox Chase is located in a safe, residential neighborhood on the border between Philadelphia and its northern suburbs. Fox Chase is approximately 10 miles northeast of Center City Philadelphia, with easy access (via car, bus or train) to parks, shopping, dining and all the region's best cultural attractions. Nearby housing is more affordable, on average, than in most major Northeastern cities, and the region provides many options. Within a short commute, you can find both quiet suburban living and trendy urban neighborhoods.

Want to have some fun? Philadelphia offers ample live music, theater, arts, dining, sporting events and much more!

Helpful links

Look for events online at the Philadelphia Visitors' CenterCitysearchPhilly Fun Guide and PhillyVisitor

If you are staying in the Fox Chase area, check out the Rockledge Business Association and Northeast Times.

Living in and Around Philadelphia and Exploring Philadelphia: Maps from the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

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