Research Assistant I

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

Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory is seeking a Research Assistant I to support the laboratory of Principal Investigator Dr. Beth Dumont. The Dumont Lab utilizes both experimental and genomic approaches to study the mechanisms that give rise to genetic variation, with a particular focus on how these processes vary among individuals. The successful candidate will work on an NSF-funded project that aims to understand the genetic and evolutionary causes of differences in genetic recombination among individuals from a diverse mouse population. In addition to engaging in a program of rigorous science, this role requires a high level of self-motivation, organization, and an ability to quickly master new skills. The candidate must have relevant educational background and/or experience and work productively in a team environment.


Key Responsibilities:

* Mouse tissue collection and DNA sample preparation

* Histological, morphological, and cytogenetic evaluation of mouse reproductive tissues

* Mouse breeding, colony maintenance, and record-keeping

* Analysis and capture of fluorescence microscopy images

* Collect experimental data and maintain detailed and accurate records

* Learn, adopt, and troubleshoot new procedures as needed

* Interpret and evaluate results; communicate results through reports and presentations

* Simultaneously manage multiple aspects of one or more projects

* Interact productively with lab members and outside collaborators to enhance the operations and outcomes of the research program



* Bachelor's degree in the biological/life sciences OR equivalent knowledge as gained through 1-3 years of experience.

* Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes -- including experimental design, methods of data collection and analysis, and interpreting and reporting results

* Excellent verbal and written communications skills; ability to effectively convey ideas, present research, and contribute to reports; proficiency across the Microsoft Office platform

* Flexibility to learn and adapt to new procedures

* Flexible schedule; occasional evening and /or weekend work may be required


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 solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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!


EEO Statement:

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.


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: 621087

Posted On: Oct 11, 2021

Updated On: Oct 11, 2021