The Jackson Laboratory

Necropsy Technician

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 1 month ago(3/3/2020 10:29 AM)
Job ID
Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 


Great opportunity to work with our Pathology Services as a Necropsy Technician in our Bar Harbor location!


The Necropsy Technician is responsible for performing tasks associated with mouse necropsy procedures for JMCRS, including conducting necropsies on mice for diagnostic purposes for the Sick Mouse Program, for the purpose of tissue collection for external customer orders, and collecting tissues for research studies or for biorepository.  The Necropsy Technician will also participate in routine laboratory maintenance (preparing solutions, ensuring workstation and laboratory cleanliness) and routine administrative tasks (monthly billing, ordering supplies).


Service Delivery- Perform necropsies, Collect and Prepare Samples – perform necropsies and tissue collection procedures following established SOPs.  This may include trimming, decalcification, fixation and other standard procedures. Develop new procedures, perform specialized procedures and conduct special projects if applicable. Collect samples for diagnostic purposes as requested.  Deliver samples to appropriate end user.  Take digital images or X-rays as requested.  Archive samples (blocks, slides, etc.) from Necropsy cases. 


Facility Operations- Laboratory and Waste Management – participate in general lab maintenance as requested by the Necropsy Supervisor or the Pathologist  This may include ordering supplies, preparing solutions, cleaning work areas and equipment or collecting waste in appropriate waste streams and contacting the EHS&S Dept. as needed for removal.


Administrative/Professional Development: Participate in case curation, entering necropsy case data into the database system.  Conduct monthly billing.  Maintain professional development through attendance at relevant seminars, courses and workshops; maintain certifications.    Participate in required safety training and attend relevant lab meetings.


  • High School Diploma/Equivalency
  • ALAT (AALAS) Certification required or willingness to achieve certification
  • Knowledge of mouse anatomy and experience in mouse handling, typically acquired through a minimum of one year’s experience working with mice
  • Ability to use standard laboratory equipment including pH meter, stir plate, balance, centrifuge, dissecting microscope as well as digital cameras.
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and SOPs needed to carry out all job responsibilities in a safe manner in order to protect one's self and those around them, minimizing or eliminating exposure to hazardous materials and/or conditions.
  • Computer Skills: Current computer skills include use of internet, email, spreadsheets and word processing. Must be able to enter case data in database system.


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About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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.


Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, pre-employment physical.

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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