The Jackson Laboratory

Resident Advisor | Summer Student Program

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 4 months ago(2/19/2021 10:43 AM)
Job ID
Education and Education Support 


Resident Advisor– Summer Student Program

Farmington, CT 


The Summer Student Program is a signature education program of The Jackson Laboratory. The Resident Advisor implements the residential life program within the JAX Summer Student Program including day-to-day logistics and recreational activities. With oversight and guidance from the Program Director of the Summer Student Program, the Resident Advisor fosters programmatic harmony through communication and problem-solving, and ensures student safety through awareness and compliance with JAX policies. By organizing residential activities, the RA generates excitement, builds community, and fosters inclusion and a sense of fun and team spirit throughout the program.

The Residential Advisors share leadership of a cohort of approximately 10 undergraduate students ranging in age from 18-21. These participants are selected through a highly competitive application process that draws nearly 1,000 applications from around the US. Selected students exhibit personal qualities including curiosity and a passion for science, resilience and problem solving, personal maturity, and teamwork. This student body is highly diverse, and includes individuals from many races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and beliefs.

Students in the JAX Summer Student Program are housed in apartment or suite-style housing nearby at either the University of St. Joseph or the University of Hartford.


• Implement day-to-day logistical components of the residential life program, with a focus on student safety and compliance. These include but are not limited to: leading sessions during student residential orientation, shared oversight of daily student arrivals and departures from the student residence, daily transportation of students in JAX-provided vans, facilitating routine and emergency medical care, participation in on-duty supervision schedules, and facilitating student compliance with residential policies, procedures, and traditions.
• Develop and participate in a shared ‘on-call’ schedule, which will include evening and weekend hours.
• Maintain informal communication, rapport, and personal presence, leading to a high level of awareness of individual student needs and challenges, with a focus on student well-being.
• Implement recreational components of the residential life program, including creative and engaging indoor and outdoor weekend activities that will provide opportunities for community building while maintaining student safety and compliance with programmatic policies.


• Candidates must demonstrate ability and strong desire to work in a residential education and research environment, including outstanding near-peer communication, leadership, organization, and mentoring skills. Must be a self-motivated, team-oriented, patient and disciplined problem solver and solution builder.
• Candidates must demonstrate ability and interest to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates with experience leading groups of diverse learners will be preferred.
• Must be 21 years of age or older.
• Must hold a valid US driver’s license and be able to transport groups of students in a van provided by JAX.
• Must commit to the position for the entire duration of the Summer Student Program, approximately June 5- August 14, including orientation and other activities that occur before and after the students depart. Must reside with the students at the residence hall at least two days per week, which will include some overnights on weekends.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,000 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.

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


JAX-GM 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-GM 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.


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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