The Jackson Laboratory

  • Research Assistant I

    Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/22/2019 9:57 AM)
    Job ID
    Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 
  • Summary

    The Jackson Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics, and has a mission we are passionate about: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. 

    Our Knockout Mouse Project (KOMP) aims to generate 800 knockout mouse strains over the next 3 years and characterize them through a broad primary phenotyping screen.  The mutant mice and the phenotyping data we produce are openly available to the scientific community (

    We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and skilled Research Assistant to perform the high throughput and large scale characterization of mice using a broad range of phenotyping assays and imaging modalities designed to identify morphological, metabolic, skeletal, sensory and behavioral abnormalities. The day to day activities of the role will include schedule planning, experimental design, developing and documenting methodology, conducting procedures, data collection, quality control and analysis, as well as assisting in the preparation of publications and reports.


    • Achieve and maintain competency in high throughput and large scale characterization of mice using a broad range of phenotyping assays and imaging modalities
    • Validate and conduct studies based upon standard operational procedures (SOPs) within agreed upon timelines
    • Write and maintain SOPs to ensure accuracy and completeness
    • Collect data, perform quality control, monitor accuracy, and upload data to database system within agreed upon timelines
    • Analyze data to identify phenotypes of interest
    • Identify and document variations that may affect the validity of the experiment
    • Ensure functionality and maintenance of instrumentation


    • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 1-3 years of related experience
    • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate information verbally and in written form
    • Ability to demonstrate effective mental concentration, visual attention and dexterity
    • Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program
    • Proven ability to organize time effectively and work under time constraints, meet deadlines and prioritize work
    • Fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with Excel and Word
    • Established understanding of good safety practices and a demonstrated history of safe conduct
    • Ability to work flexible shifts (evening/week-end/holiday)
    • Regular, reliable and consistent attendance
    • Mouse handling and husbandry skills preferred

    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.

    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 including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, 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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