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Research Assistant II/III

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Job Details
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Company Name
The Jackson Laboratory
Physical Address
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Job Description

Job LocationsUS-ME-Bar Harbor
Research Assistant II/III

Job ID

Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist


The Jackson Laboratory ( in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, is recognized internationally for its excellence in research (e.g. The Nathan Shock Aging Center and Center for Novel Alzheimer’s Disease Models), unparalleled mouse resources, outstanding training environment characterized by scientific collaboration, and exceptional core services – all within a spectacular setting adjacent to Acadia National Park. Translational research collaborations in genomics-based, personalized medicine are fostered through our JAX Genomic Medicine campus in Farmington, CT.

The Kaczorowski Lab at The Jackson Laboratory is seeking a Research Assitant II/III 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. Additional responsibilities will include technical support for all projects, including next-generation library preparation and genome editing techniques.

  • Research Assistant II:Identifies problems, troubleshoots and analyzes variations observed and reported in regular testing protocols; modifies, refines or adapts techniques and procedures; modifies and/or adjusts quality control measures.
    Monitors documentation of results; reviews and recognizes documentation which may lead to modification and adaptation of research methodologies; may collaborate with others.
    Plans and monitors resources needed to operate the laboratory; maintains inventory control; coordinates space, field, equipment and/or facilities; may monitor expenditures.
    Leads exchange of research information through demonstration and instruction.
    Assists in grant writing and proposal development.
    Conducts multiple experiments and is responsible for maintenance of equipment used in those experiments. Is organized, responsible and reports results clearly and efficiently to supervisor.
  • Research Assistant III:Proposes alternative research methods, techniques and initiatives demonstrating knowledge of other scientific areas and related research.
    Demonstrates scientific knowledge and analytical skills to monitor, modify, and design the research process. Designs, modifies, and troubleshoots highly specialized equipment.
    Independently expands scope of literature search to support and/or propose alternative experimental methods, procedures and/or techniques.
    Gathers information to prepare budget and proposes estimates for acquisition of supplies and equipment.
    Analyzes and resolves variations in complex tests, experiments and procedures; designs and implements modifications and changes to techniques, procedures and quality control measures.
    Leads multiple, concurrent projects and/or multi-faceted projects; directs others in making modifications.
    Evaluates documentation of results; leads efforts to modify and adapt research methodologies in collaboration with others; ensures compliance with regulatory standards.
    Manages laboratory resources, may include budget and personnel; establishes priorities in the use of resources including space, field, equipment and/or facilities.
    Understands research goals thoroughly; can instruct and inform others about past and future research directives. Also coordinates with outside collaborators to open new avenues or points of interest of research. Shows a willingness to teach as well as be taught.
    The RA III may have direct supervisory responsibilities and is accountable to insure the effective training and development program for assigned personnel and to identify and develop staff. The RAIII is responsible to develop training and development programs to strengthen technical and management skills.


  • Research Assistant II:Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 3 – 6 years of directly related experience in a Laboratory setting.
    Advanced mouse handling and husbandry skills required.
    Expertise in cell and molecular biology prefered.
    Demonstrated ability in development of research protocols.
    Demonstrated success in coordinating and/or conducting multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project.
    Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program.
    Established understanding of good safety practices and a demonstrated history of safe conduct.
    Self-motivated with the ability to organize time effectively, demonstrated ability to manage details.
    Advanced computer skills, ability to develop technical documents and presentations.
    Ability to work flexible shifts (evening/week-end/holiday)
  • Research Assistant III:Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 6+ years of directly related experience.
    Advanced mouse handling, husbandry skills and biomethods required.
    Advanced cell and molecular biology techniques, including primary culture isolation and next-generation-sequening prefered.
    Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program.
    The ability to work in a demanding, fast paced, team-oriented environment, while maintaining a high-level of professionalism.
    Exceptional computer skills, ability to develop technical documents, databases and presentations.
    Demonstrated success in conducting multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project.
    Demonstrated team player with professional, positive attitude and willingness to be flexible.
    Demonstrated ability to positively influence the behavior of subordinates and teammates – previous training or supervisory experience preferred.
    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, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., 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… For full info follow application link.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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