Study Director

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

Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory is seeking an experienced, self-driven and highly motivated neuroscientist to conduct drug efficacy studies and join JAX as a Senior Study Director for in vivo pharmacology services. The in vivo group works with industry based scientists in their drug development program, by conducting efficacy studies on carefully baselined and validated mouse models for a variety of neurobiology indications including aging, frontotemporal degeneration, ALS, Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases. This position works closely with industry clients on the design and execution of studies, ensuring gold-standard scientific procedures, analysis, delivery of data, and final reports. Study Directors are required to check results for accuracy, technical or model-related performance issues, and interpret datasets for the clients. The successful applicant will implement and manage a scientific team of Project Managers, Research Assistants and Technicians to drive development strategy and tactical execution for existing therapeutic platforms as well as the validation of new models and platforms. Expertise in modelling neurodegeneration in mouse models, developing and using standardized, recognized behavioral protocols to phenotype these models, and performing histological examinations of the CNS is required. In addition, the Study Director will ensure accuracy in budgeting, scheduling and invoicing of the studies. She/He will also be responsible for depositing normative data from mouse models into the public domain via the Mouse Phenome Database, publications and conference presentations, to further the mission of the Jackson Laboratory.



Provide scientific guidance and support to clients meeting or exceeding their expectations for quality of service and execution of science.

Provide leadership to staff within your reporting structure ensuring they have adequate training and mentoring to support the in vivo services drive for scientific quality and operational efficiency in support of the labs goals and holding them accountable for the same.

Ensure staff understand and are compliant with all policies, procedures and practices established by the organization thus ensuring the most efficient operation of the laboratory to provide clients with the highest quality scientific service while meeting organizational operations and financial targets. This includes AXAPTA data entry, LIMS data entry, PPE requirements and general lab operations.

Work with colleagues to establish agreed standards for our most frequently run studies and ensure these standards are followed unless changes are well documented and approved by the client. Ensure baseline model performance data (such as disease induction rate, disease progression timeline, etc) are compiled, submitted to the head of operation and Business Unit Manager, and shared with colleagues.



Ph.D. in a life science is preferred. MS degree +4 year's equivalent experience or bachelor's degree with 8 year's equivalent experience.

Minimum of 4 years' experience in a contract research laboratory, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or equivalent experience considered for Study Director level. Applicants with less experience may be considered for an Associate Study Director position. Senior Study Directors must have at least 2 years' experience at the Study Director level or equivalent experience where preclinical efficacy testing is the primary focus of the position.

Knowledge of supervisory processes and techniques of leadership as would normally be acquired through at least 4 years of supervisory or leadership experience is required for Senior Study Directors.

Experience with in vivo study design and animal research (preferably rodents).

Excellent management/supervisory skills and proven experience with mentoring direct reports.

Documented ability to develop and lead technical teams.

Strong leadership skills including a demonstrated ability to build key relationships, influence and motivate others.

Demonstrated success in making important decisions, often under some pressure and tight time deadlines, which carry large financial consequences.

Must have excellent human relation, communication and listening, negotiation and relationship skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.


About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 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... 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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Job Posting: 607034

Posted On: Sep 16, 2021

Updated On: Sep 16, 2021