Research Assistant I (Kumar Lab)

at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Job Description

Research Assistant I/II/III
Addiction is chronic disease with strong genetic influences. The Kumar Lab at JAX in Bar Harbor seeks to understand the genetic underpinnings of this devastating disease. We are a group of geneticists, neuroscientists, computer scientists, and statisticians working at the confluence of animal behavior, genetics, and artificial intelligence to address this important societal problem. We are recruiting a team member to carry out behavioral experiments and contribute scientifically.The position requires motivated individuals with a passion for science, who is willing to learn and adapt in order to make impactful discoveries. Previous team members in this role have been credited for their work with authorship on scientific publications.
The project will discover new genes and pathways involved in addiction by carrying out behavior screens in mice. In addition, we are studying naturalistic behaviors that change when an animal is administered certain drugs. The RA will be responsible for behavior data generation, animal husbandry, conducting and analyzing behavior experiments. Although mouse handling and behavior testing skills are important, they are not required and will be taught. We value motivation, analytical thought process, and an ability to learn. Good communication and the ability to work effectively within teams is important.Some weekend work is required.

Conduct 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
Ability to plan and execute projects. organized, self-motivated, focused
Ability to conduct weekend work as needed
High ethical standards

* Bachelors or Masters degree in science related field preferred
* 1-3 years related experience in a laboratory setting preferred
* Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, data entry, basic computational skills.

About JAX:
The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and nearly 3,000 employees in locations across the United States (Maine, Connecticut, California),Japan andChina. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Founded in 1929, JAX applies over nine decades of expertise in genetics to increase understanding of human disease, advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease. It models and interprets genomic complexity, integrates basic research with clinical application, educates current and future scientists, and provides critical data, tools and services to the global biomedical community. For more information, please

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Job Posting: 1092487

Posted On: Jun 17, 2024

Updated On: Jun 17, 2024

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