The Jackson Laboratory

Postdoctoral Associate - Howell Lab

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 7 months ago(12/16/2020 3:37 PM)
Job ID
Scientist, PostDoctoral Associate, Professor/Faculty 


Postdoctoral Associate

Howell Lab

Bar Harbor, ME



A postdoctoral training opportunity is available in the lab of Dr. Gareth Howell at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in Bar Harbor, Maine, to study the role of neuroinflammation and vascular health in glaucoma. Dr. Howell’s lab uses genetic and genomic approaches using mouse models to better understand the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases including glaucoma and dementias. A particular focus of this postdoctoral position will be on understanding the mechanisms by which glaucoma risk factors such as aging and intraocular pressure elevation affect the interactions between glial cells (such as astrocytes and microglia) with endothelial cells in the optic nerve head and retina. Dr. Howell, who was recently awarded a BrightFocus National Glaucoma Research Award to understand the role of the CDN2B-AS locus in glaucoma, is a co-PI on an NIH R01 grant with Dr. Richard Libby from the University of Rochester to study the endothelin system in glaucoma, and is the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation Chair for Glaucoma Research. For more information about the work of the Howell lab, visit   


The Jackson Laboratory ( in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, is recognized internationally for its excellence in research, unparalleled mouse resources, outstanding training environment characterized by scientific collaboration, and exceptional core services - all within a spectacular setting adjacent to Acadia National Park. Translational research collaborations in genomics-based, personalized medicine are fostered through our JAX Genomic Medicine campus in Farmington, CT. In addition to lab-based training, JAX has developed a unique program for trainees to expand their professional skills in science communication, entrepreneurship, teaching, mentoring and laboratory management to best prepare postdocs for future career opportunities.


JAX provides excellent educational and training opportunities for postdoctoral associates. Exceptional candidates are encouraged to apply for the prestigious JAX Scholar award, which supports promising early-career postdoctoral associates conducting cutting edge biomedical and basic biological research at JAX. The award includes an independent research and travel budget and a salary above our standard postdoctoral scale (


The successful candidate will be able to plan, develop, execute, and analyze an independent research project.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in genetics, neuroscience, or similar discipline;
  • Experience in molecular cloning and cell biology strongly recommended;
  • Commitment to solving biological problems;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Minimum of one 1st author paper from graduate work; and
  • Preference given to self-motivated and career-oriented individuals.


To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter; (2) a current CV; (3) a statement of research interests with relevance to Dr. Howell’s lab; and (4) the names and contact information of three references.


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, 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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