The Jackson Laboratory

  • Research Assistant III

    Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/15/2019 4:40 PM)
    Job ID
    Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 
  • Summary


    Research Assistant

    Jacques Banchereau Lab


    Our group has established a research program in which we use long-read sequencing and a newly created bioinformatic pipeline to identify novel splice isoforms of molecules associated with cancer and immune disfunction. We are also working to understand the functions of our newly identify protein isoforms and their roles in cancer pathogenesis.


    The Banchereau lab is seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to join our team of immunologists and computational biologists. Under supervision, the successful candidate will participate in the planning, execution, and analysis of human tissue experiments in immunology, cell and molecular biology, cancer immunology, and autoimmunity. The candidate will also assist in basic laboratory tasks and ordering supplies. Some experience with cell culture techniques, required. Experience in cell isolation, activation, and expansion of human lymphocytes in culture, flow cytometry,
    imaging, and computational biology are desired.


    • Prepares and maintains detailed records, logs and summary reports of all procedures and results including graphs, scientific calculations, and statistical analysis charting.
    • May be responsible for tissue & cell culture activities.
    • May perform routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, such as PCR, protein and DNA electrophoresis, cloning and DNA preparation.
    • May run routine biochemistry assays including western blotting and RT-PCR.
    • May perform microscopic imaging analyses.
    • May be responsible for the receipt, storage, cataloging of samples
    • Ensures the safe laboratory practices are followed, including the use and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials.
    • Analyzes data using computer software and reports results to the principle investigator(s).
    • Participates in planning and carrying out experiments. Assists in preparing research protocols.
    • Maintains inventory of supplies, equipment and/or reagents. May order supplies/equipment/reagents as authorized or ensure that needs are escalated appropriately. Receives supply orders and confirms accuracy of delivery.
    • Attends lab meetings and presents work to lab group


    • Research Assistant I: Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences/molecular, cell biology or related discipline OR 1-3 years of related experience.
    • Research Assistant II: Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences/molecular, cell biology or related discipline OR 3-6 years of related experience.
    • Prior experience in cell isolation, activation, and expansion of human lymphocytes in culture, flow cytometry, imaging, and computational biology are desired.
    • 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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