at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Job Description for TED Research Assistant/Colonist
There is an exciting full-time opportunity for a Research Assistant to join the Technology Evaluation and Development group (TED) under the direction of Dr. Aamir Zuberi. TED's focus is on developing new technologies, particularly in the creation of complex genetically engineered mouse models on several mouse genetic backgrounds. Additional research in the laboratory is focusing on the development of new preclinical mouse models for Peroxisome deficiency. This position requires experience with mouse models, specifically husbandry, sampling, and colony maintenance, as well as using information systems and record keeping assisting in mouse model generation and validation. While the primary responsibility of this position is mouse colony maintenance, ample opportunities exist for personal and professional growth including the development of additional research laboratory skills.
Key Responsibilities & Essential Functions include:
Basic Husbandry - Proficient at aging and weaning, sexing, sampling, genotype, phenotype and discards.
Colony Management/Maintaining Colonies - Maintain appropriate breeding scheme(s) and breeder rotation, reporting changes to colony productivity. Maintains accurate and legible cage cards and database input, recognizes characteristics of assigned strains and adheres to special husbandry requirements.
Information Processing & General Record Keeping - Data Entry and extraction from internal and external sources.
Teamwork and Service Commitment -Incumbent demonstrates support and helps to balance the team's skills and competencies toward the work team's common purpose.
Communication of Essential Information - Effectively exchanges information to and from CMQ and co-workers
Safety -Incumbent complies with all safety work rules and safe work practices. Regular, reliable and consistent attendance in accordance with departmental and Laboratory guidelines
Other duties as assigned such as behavioral phenotyping, necropsy, and tissue preparation for histology and shipping,Coordination of shipping of live mice to research collaborators
Fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with Excel and Word, web browser, and database software
Strong Communication skill.
Attention to detail is required.
Must be a strong team-player and possess excellent listening skills.
Ability to work flexible shifts (occasional evening/weekend/holiday)
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of barrier room function and animal husbandry as normally acquired with at least 1 year of experience
Able to properly identify sick/ill/deviant mice
Willingness to learn new techniques
Team player with professional, positive attitude and willingness to be flexible
Regular, reliable and consistent attendance in accordance with departmental and Laboratory guidelines.
Oral and written communications skills sufficient to clearly convey and receive information and ideas.
Education Required: High School Diploma/GED, and passed Genetics I and II classes at JAX or equivalent
Education Preferred: A bachelor's degree in a biological field
Experience Required: 1 year
Experience Preferred: 1 year
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!
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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.