Scientific Curator

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

Job Description

Scientific Curator/Senior Scientific Curator is acritical role and a member of a highly functioning team that manages new additions to the JAX portfolio of mouse strains and their representation on JAX public datasheets. This individual will have a comprehensive understanding of biology, genetics and the role played by the mouse as a model organism of human disease. Major responsibilities entail critically evaluating genetically engineered mutant mouse strains for usefulness, discussing technical aspects of mouse strains with donating investigators, organizing details for mouse transport to JAX, curating related information in the JAXStrain database and other related databases (AX, MGI, ILAR, MMRRC, others as needed), being an approachable, major point of contact for those seeking insights on JAX mice (both internal to JAX and from the general scientific community) and effectively communicating the team's needs to JAX information technology staff for the purpose of continually evolving existing cyberinfrastructure.


Key Responsibilities:

Critically evaluate mouse strains for scientific usefulness; present strains at monthly Genetic Resource Meetings.

Productively interact with donating researchers; Coordinate technical aspects of strain importation with JAX importation and operations personnel; Trouble-shoot the problems that inevitably occur during the humane transport of live organisms, especially when shipping internationally.

Using the scientific literature and supplemental information provided by donating researchers as source material, proficiently compose succinct, cogent strain descriptions in the JAXStrain database; includes resolving data conflicts, composing phenotypic descriptions, methods, husbandry breeding strategies & strain names based on established guidelines. Cross-curation of other databases is required: MGI, ILAR Lab Code database, MMRRC, others as needed.

Act as a point of contact solution source. This includes, but is not limited to working with portfolio managers/GQC to resolve strain problems; assist Technical Transfer personnel with legal aspects of imported mouse lines; Interact with external/internal strain reviewers; Participate on various committees; work with Marketing/ODM staff in the effort to maximize the scientific communities' access to JAX products and services.

Provide detailed feedback to JAX information technology staff for the purpose of continually evolving existing cyberinfrastructure; suggest new, innovative tools that improve JAX processes.


MS in the biological sciences and 3-5 years of experience in a related role, or a PhD in biological sciences.

The Senior Scientific Curator level individual would expected to have 3-5 years at the Scientific Curator level before advancing.

Ability to operate computer hardware and software applications that would normally be encountered in JAX operations, such as the JAXStrain database, Sharepoint, Axapta, Microsoft Excel/Pivot Tables, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, etc.

Comprehensive understanding of research methods, the biology/genetics of the mouse and the current status of biomedical research

Demonstrated ability to think strategically, develop, test and initiate new processes and procedures as appropriate

Strong interpersonal skills sufficient to thrive in a team environment; able to work in a high-profile environment requiring discretion, judgment, tact, diplomacy

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Detail-oriented and meticulous, with proven, excellent organization skills

Proven, demonstrated strong problem-solving data analysis skills; independent thinker with ability to multi-task and be self-motivated. Ability to develop and recommend solutions to complex problems often under time constraints.

Familiarity with the JAX catlog of products and services desired.


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... 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: 644086

Posted On: Nov 23, 2021

Updated On: Nov 23, 2021