The Jackson Laboratory

Research Assistant

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(12/29/2020 11:05 AM)
Job ID
Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 


The Kaczorowski Lab is seeking a Research Assistant with strong experience in molecular and cellular biology to support studies focused on genetic and environmental factors that determine cognitive resilience in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  The successful candidate will be required to culture and maintain primary and transformed cells, extract and assess quality of DNA/RNA, and perform PCR/qPCR, western blots, immunohistochemistry, and ELISA techniques.  


The Research Assistant II works under minimal supervision of a Lab Manager or PI. Incumbents in these roles have learned the context and implications of the research program in order to apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research in one or more scientific disciplines. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: project planning, experimental design, developing methodology, conducting procedures, modifying procedures as needed, data collection and analysis, contributing to publications and reports, and communication and instruction. Incumbents demonstrate and model effective mental concentration, visual attention and manipulative skills. The Research Assistant II may assist in training others within or external to their assigned work area. Incumbents are required to work flexible shifts that may include evenings, week-ends and/or holidays depending on the demands of the research and/or laboratory operations.


  • Best practices and standard processes in daily work which support efficiencies, quality, safety, with a customer service focus.
  • Conducts tests, experiments, and/or procedures following standard or detailed protocols.
  • Basic Lab animal handling skills and biomethod techniques. General Lab sanitation.
  • Accurate entry of data including lab IT systems and databases.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation as required by protocols and SOP’s.
  • Documentation and communication of experimental data through oral presentations and written reports


  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 3 – 6 years of directly related experience in a Laboratory setting.
  • Mouse handling and husbandry skills preferred. Must be able to handle mice and perform minor surgeries on mice after being trained and certified.
  • Fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with Excel and Word; must be proficient with electrophysiology platforms such as the pClamp suite or Axograph for the acquisition and analysis of electrophysiology data.
  • Familiarity with the preparation and use of acute mouse brain slices;
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate information verbally and in written form.
  • Strong attention to detail is required.
  • Must be a strong team-player and posses excellent listening skills.
  • Ability to work flexible shifts (evening/week-end/holiday)

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 a 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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