The Jackson Laboratory

Research Lab Manager

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/15/2021 4:17 PM)
Job ID
Research Administration


The group of Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge has an opportunity for a Research Lab Manager in Bar Harbor, ME.  Please visit her website at to view current information on the exciting work being done by Dr. Trowbridge and her Team!


A Scientific Research Lab Manager is responsible for the successful execution of the research plans of a specific principal investigator. This involves not only developing and carrying out specific research assigned to the manager but also overseeing all aspects of the daily research lab operations as well as supporting, monitoring and guiding the research efforts of other lab personnel.


The range of duties and systems required for the Research program to succeed in an ever changing scientific environment require the group to be highly versatile, innovative and highly imaginative. The Research Lab Manager is a key position in making sure that the Research group remains on top of ongoing projects and is able to provide training, mentoring and experimental support to ensure this.


Further, they are expected to maintain daily routines of the laboratory, including managing other staff members in the group and associated mouse colonies. This requires a high level of managerial finesse, essential for the efficient functioning of the group and its interactions with others.


The incumbent needs to have a broad scientific knowledge and the capability to use and extend this. They are fully expected to assist in data gathering, consolidation and interpretation. They are also required to design and execute experiments in a skilled way utilizing resources both creatively and efficiently. The incumbent is required to have excellent data organization and computer skills. Their involvement is also expected in the assistance in grant writing and research publications.


What differentiates the Research Lab Associate Manager from the Research Lab Manager is the level of independent thinking and decision making, education, the level of technical expertise and experience supervising, mentoring and training other employees.


In addition, the Scientific Research Lab Manager has knowledge and understanding sufficient to successfully oversee the continuation of the research program during the absence (or preoccupation) of the principal investigator.


  • Manages the daily operation of the lab and oversight of mouse colonies. Provides training and guidance, and resolves personnel problems. Participates in hiring, performance evaluation, development of staff, and disciplinary decisions.

  • The incumbent must keep abreast of advances in the field, evaluating alternative methodologies and implementing them to improve the quality of current services or to provide new services.

  • Coordinates and conduct research in Dr. Trowbridge’s lab.
  • Assist in writing grants, patents, internal reports, and peer reviewed research papers.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • For Research Lab Manager –BS in relevant field with 5+ years experience in a research laboratory successfully supervising and mentoring a team. For Research Lab Associate Manager – BS in relevant field with 2+ years experience in a research laboratory successfully supervising and mentoring a team.
  • A deep and practical knowledge of genetics and molecular biology.
  • Proven ability to design and evaluate scientifically controlled and relevant experiments, plus data organizational skills.

  • Must be a self-motivated, team-oriented, patient and disciplined problem solver and solution builder.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a positive team player across diverse internal and external organizations.
  • Must possess the ability to develop and deliver training material to subordinate staff.
  • Strong project and interpersonal management skills.
  • Computer skills necessary for analyses, data acquisition, literature searches, data sharing, report presentation etc.

  • Proven abilites to formulate and write reports, grants and peer reviewed papers.

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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