The Jackson Laboratory

  • Research Assistant III-Hinson Lab

    Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
    Posted Date 5 months ago(10/31/2018 12:18 PM)
    Job ID
    Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 
  • Summary


    Research Assistant II/III

    Hinson Lab



    The Hinson laboratory at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT is seeking a talented individual experienced in cell and molecular biology.


    The focus of the Hinson Lab is to understand the molecular and genetic basis of inherited cardiac disorders. We employ diverse approaches but we are particularly focused on the development of novel, biomimetic tissue models of cardiomyopathy using disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPScs). The Hinson lab also performs genome engineering of stem cells with CRISPR/CAS9 and TALE nucleases, in vitro cardiac differentiation, flow cytometry, and NGS assays especially RNAseq and single cell RNAseq. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual with previous experience in cell culture techniques with special consideration to those applicants with previous pluripotent stem cell experience as well as basic molecular biology.




    • Applies knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry including experimental design, data collection and analysis; operate instruments and equipment; and use of related information technology.
    • Performs tests, procedures and experiments applying specialized skills, knowledge and equipment; modifies and refines techniques and procedures to meet research objectives; manages multiple, concurrent projects or a multi-faceted project. Trouble shoots new protocols.
    • Monitors and maintains sample databases, collects research data to assess accuracy, validity, and integrity.
    • Coordinates and manages facilities, equipment, supplies and related resources; monitors environmental risks and quality control; understands and complies with safety standards to maintain a safe environment.
    • Clearly and concisely conveys information verbally and in written form; effectively presents ideas to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and message. Presents research results and summaries; adheres to reporting requirements of research project(s).


    • Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biological sciences/engineering and 1+ years of directly related laboratory experience. Other means of acquiring that knowledge and experience may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • Desired skills and experiences include stem cell tissue culture especially human iPScs/EScs, and in vitro differentiation.
    • The candidate should be hardworking, able to work independently, have strong written and communication skills, able to work in a team environment, acquire new skills rapidly, and have versatility in a laboratory setting.
    • Strong organizational and communication skills.
    • Strong analytical and computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and Outlook.
    • Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills.
    • Willing to work weekends as needed.

    About Us

    The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,000 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.

    JAX-GM is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX-GM’s research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.


    JAX-GM sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians, and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.


    JAX-GM resides in the scenic town of Farmington, in the state’s capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns.  JAX-GM is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems, including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.

    JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!

    Our Values:

    INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

    PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

    ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

    EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

    INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

    STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


    What do we have to offer?

    JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program and an onsite full service cafeteria.


    Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


    The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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