The Jackson Laboratory

Project Manager, Clinical Laboratory

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/22/2020 5:55 PM)
Job ID
Research Administration


Project Manager, Clinical Laboratory

Farmington, CT


The incumbent is responsible for facilitating cross-group communications (EHS, Facilities, HR, IT, Vendors, Customers) during project execution regarding project scope, goals and deliverables, overall project coordination, execution and completion. A broad scientific background and understanding of operations and service deliverables, available products and services, a customer centric focus, excellent communication skills, and proficiency with available project tracking and communication tools enable the Project Manager to ensure a positive customer experience. This position is the key responsible party to ensure that the CLIA lab’s overall goals are achieved. The position works with multiple JAX departments, the CLIA lab team and management as required ensuring project deliverables are met. The Project manager work with the above to ensure optimal utilization of available resource and equipment and is responsible for projects from start to finish. This role communicates with stakeholders regularly by email, phone, in person when appropriate, and by generating reports. The Project Manager works diligently to help resolve the most challenging problems. The PM position requires technical knowledge of and expertise in products and services offered as well as inter-departmental functions and processes allowing the PM to effectively communicate project status updates, answer questions, troubleshoot challenges and understand goals and deliverables for complex projects. The PM oversees the project and recognizes when the project may be going off track in the operation from the promised deliverable. The PM is the initial contact point for new and established project initiatives. The incumbent is responsible for establishing/ monitoring performance measures and implementing actions. Works as part of a cross-functional team and must have extensive knowledge of and expertise in project coordination, negotiation, and related inter-departmental functions. The PM is responsible for developing and documenting processes from start to finish.


Time Allocation CLIA Lab Operations: Attend weekly Production Meeting for Virology and Oncology. Attend monthly CLIA Ops Meeting and Clinical Genomic Working Group Meeting. Provide project tracking and updates on a consistent basis to laboratory director/associate director. Monitor progress on expected deliverables and assigned tasks 
Biorepository: Attend weekly clinical study meetings to take notes and do follow-up. Organize covid-19 samples in long-term freezer storage. Includes development of a database which can be queried. Ensures that samples that are committed for grant applications are not used for something else 
Overall Project Management: Facilitate cross-group communication (EHS, Facilities, HR, IT). Maintain lists of priorities, schedules, action items, accountability, and deliverables in defined areas of CLIA lab operations, particularly those that involve multiple leads – IT, inventory, automation, etc. Establishes and maintains an accurate, complete and understandable summary of projects and their status. Coordinate and track progress on projects, updating all required databases and involved parties as needed on a timely manner. Support accurate reporting of CLIA lab processing status. Creates and distributes formal, accurate, and tailored project summaries, according to project delivery time tables. Anticipate possible problems or inconsistencies and drive mid-course changes and corrections in order to stay on track. Demonstrate commitment to creating a high-performance culture and positive work environment which includes continued effort toward improving process and workflow, coping with and supporting change and commitment to a solution driven approach to problem 



  • Bachelor's/Master's Degree in Life Sciences or related field
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in project management role
  • Hands-on scientific lab experience involving Biospecimens
  • Strong organizational and database development/management skills


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.

JAX Genomic Medicine is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX Genomic Medicine’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 Genomic Medicine 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.


In Connecticut, JAX 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 Genomic Medicine 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.

Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, pre-employment physical, drug test 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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