The Jackson Laboratory

Postdoctoral Associate - Munnamalai Lab - Genomics/Molecular Biology

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 1 month ago(6/24/2020 4:47 PM)
Job ID
Scientist, PostDoctoral Associate, Professor/Faculty 


The Munnamalai Lab ( at The Jackson Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study inner ear development. Our group identifies gene networks downstream of signaling pathways that are involved in the patterning and development of the inner ear. The inner ear is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is divided into the vestibular system that regulates balance and motion and the cochlea that regulates hearing. The cochlea has a very complex organization and we are interested in determining how a field of progenitors, under the influence of multiple signaling pathways, becomes a patterned organ with hair cells. The hair cells are mechanosensory cells of the inner ear.


The successful candidate will use molecular biology and genomic approaches to study gene regulation and cell fate determination. Applicants are not required to have experience working with mouse models; however, a strong command of molecular biology techniques is required. The postdoc will learn to use in vitro organotypic cultures, in utero electroporation, and mouse genetics to study signaling and gene regulation. The research projects involve the generation of transgenic mouse lines; generation and maintenance of mouse models of inner ear development; and characterization of molecular and cellular phenotypes of genetic mutants.


The Jackson Laboratory has a world class postdoctoral training program. Trainees are encouraged to develop an independent research program using a broad array of resources and expertise available at JAX (


Exceptional postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to apply to become a JAX Scholar, a selective award addressing the national need for research scientists who are accomplished in the broadly defined fields of genetics and genomics. The award includes an independent research budget, travel funds, and a salary above standard postdoctoral scale (


Only complete applications will be considered.  Please see submission requirements below.



  • Plan, develop, analyze, and execute an independent research project.


  • Ph.D. in biological or related sciences is required.
  • Strong training background in genetics, molecular biology, genomics, developmental and/or cell biology is preferred.
  • Prior research experience working with mouse models is a plus, but not required.
  • The ideal candidate should be bench-intensive, self-motivated, and intellectually driven.
  • First author publication(s) in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Preference will be given to self-motivated and career-oriented individuals.

Only complete applications will be considered.  Please submit, as one PDF file: (1) a cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests and career goals; (2) a current CV; and (3) the contact information of three references.  For more information, contact


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.

will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, pre-employment physical, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.

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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