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Southern Research

Non-profit Defense - Aerospace Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric Pharmaceutical 250 - 500 Employees Headquartered in Birmingham, AL 10 Active Jobs

Southern Research is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with nearly 500 scientists and engineers working across four divisions: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Engineering, and Energy & Environment.

  • We’re developing 18 drugs to combat various forms of cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s and tuberculosis, among others.
  • We’ve developed 20 other drugs, including seven FDA-approved cancer drugs—a number rivaling any other U.S. research institute.
  • We’re developing new medical devices.
  • We’re helping to launch manned missions to Mars.
  • We’re making the air and water cleaner here on Earth.
  • We’re helping to keep the men and women of our military safe from harm.

We work on behalf of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, hospitals, major aerospace firms, utility companies, and other private and government organizations as we solve the world’s hardest problems.

Southern Research is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with additional laboratories and offices in Wilsonville and Huntsville, Alabama, Frederick, Md., Durham, N.C., Houston, Texas, and Cartersville, Ga. The research institute was established in 1941.


At Southern Research, our core values guide everything we do. From providing customers with exceptional service, to fostering a tremendously collaborative spirit, these principles form our foundation as well as our framework.


We adhere to a code of sound ethical behavior that builds trust and confidence in all we do. We clearly communicate expectations and provide reliable results and candid feedback to our employees, customers, and stakeholders.


We are an environmentally conscious, safety first organization. We value our employees and our planet and conduct our business consistent with that priority.


We understand and consistently meet or exceed our internal and external customer’s expectations. We are accountable for timelines, quality, and cost.


Individual and community focused. We promote an open, collaborative, and supportive environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual. We openly communicate information and ideas to our stakeholders, customers, employees, and the larger community.


We explore ideas and create solutions to global needs. We use science and engineering to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Contact Us

Southern Research
2000 Ninth Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205