Genomics Education Fellow
Location: Farmington, CT or Bar Harbor, ME
The Genomics Education Fellow will design, develop and teach in courses and educational programs focused on the genomics and genetics of cancer and the computational techniques used to study it. Reporting to the Director of Education, the fellow will focus on curriculum development, teaching and educational programming using evidence-based practices and instructional design principles. The fellow will be a critical member of the Genomic Education team and will work with other Education program directors and content developers to create engaging educational experiences, both in person and digitally, to expand and enhance education programs that reflect JAX’s mission to become a center of excellence in cancer genetics and genomics education. The fellow will interact with and design content for a range of learners, including high school and undergraduate faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. The Genomics Education Fellow will be a subject matter expert and experienced instructor, who will assist in the preparation, execution and evaluation of grant funded research education programs. This is a two-year training fellowship position. The fellow will receive mentorship and career advising to support their development as an educator and help them succeed in a variety of careers with an education focus. This is a full-time position within JAX Genomic Education and offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENT: Please submit a cover letter of interest along with your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
• Interprets and converts complex cancer genomic, genetic and computational content into innovative educational modules including learning goals, activities and assessments. Creates modules at an appropriate level for the target learner group.
• Collaboratively designs curricula they will teach and that will be taught by others, including design work leading to the creation of online and digital education modules.
• Collaborates with JAX Genomic Education staff to conduct education research with external faculty to determine unmet needs in undergraduate cancer genetics and genomics education.
• Provides curricular support for external teachers and professors to implement JAX-designed cancer genetics and genomics modules in their classrooms.
• Contribute to the JAX Genomic Education community by attending and presenting in pedagogy focused workshops and interest groups.
• PhD in an area of biomedical research, with subject matter expertise in cancer genetics, genomics, computational biology, and big data analysis; including a record of peer-reviewed scientific publications.
• Teaching and/or educational outreach experience normally acquired with at least 2 years’ experience as a teaching assistant, instructor or teacher. Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering effective science courses and using classroom assessments and evaluation to improve their instructional strategies is a benefit.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills to permit clear and engaging exchange of complex scientific information to broad audiences.
• Knowledge and experience with numerous software systems/bioinformatics platforms as well as computer languages and cloud or high-performance computing platforms normally encountered during analysis of genomic data.
• Provides evidence of a personal growth mindset to enhance their professional development, content knowledge, and instructional impact.
• Demonstrated ability to be a positive team player across diverse internal and external organizations.
• Demonstrated capacity for independence, perseverance, and innovation in order to advance team projects.
• Ability to travel to other locations including undergraduate institutions and other JAX campuses to direct or support educational programs.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, www.jax.org) 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!
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.
Learn more about career opportunities at JAX: http://www.jax.org/careers.