The Jackson Laboratory

  • Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/23/2018 10:35 AM)
    Job Title
    Research Assistant I
    Job ID
    Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 
  • Summary

    The laboratory of Dr. Cathleen Lutz seeks a Research Assistant to join the In Vivo group.  The successful candidate will be a collaborative member of this cross-functional team and may be assigned work within the Research and Development (R&D) team. More details are available at


    The position involves performing general routine laboratory procedures, such as laboratory maintenance; mouse colony husbandry and genotyping; sample collection; clinical evaluation; molecular biology and biochemistry (e.g., PCR, Western and Southern blots, RNA analyses); and, with training, the operation of advanced phenotyping tools, such as metabolic cages, electrophysiology recorders, etc.


    The role requires a highly motivated individual with a passion for learning and who works well in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment.  The ability to follow established routine procedures and defined schedules, to keep detailed records, and to work well within a team are critical attributes.  Experience in mouse husbandry is desired but not required.


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Follows best practices and standard processes in daily work that support efficiencies, quality, and safety, with a customer service focus;
    • Conducts tests, experiments, and/or procedures following standard or detailed protocols;
    • Basic lab animal handling skills and general lab sanitation;
    • Accurate data entry, using lab IT systems and databases;
    • Maintains appropriate documentation as required by protocols and SOPs.




    • Bachelor's degree in biological/life sciences OR 1-3 years of related experience;
    • Previous lab experience is desired and proven proficiency in any of the techniques described above is a plus;
    • Knowledge of computer software applications encountered in a normal laboratory setting;
    • Ability to work on an irregular schedule (evenings or weekends) based on experiment requirements.


    To complete the application process, please submit a cover letter and résumé as one document.


    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. JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine; JAXWest, a facility in Sacramento, Calif.; and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), a genomic medicine facility in Farmington, Conn., that is enabling the Laboratory to translate its fundamental science into the clinic. In addition to its National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, the Laboratory has established a cancer research laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.


    The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.


    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.  JAX offers an MBA program, a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.


    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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