Molecular & Cell Biology Technologist

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

Job Description

This is a key technical role in supporting the Genetic Engineering Technologies (GET) molecular and cellular laboratory capabilities. This individual may have a greater focus on either molecular or cellular biology or may be cross trained to support both areas.
This individual should be capable of understanding molecular design/processes, executing the necessary cellular lab protocols critical to the creation, and validation of, genetically engineered animals. This individual reports to the Cell Biology lab manager in GET. The Technician also works in tight alignment with GET Study Directors and other GET staff members to ensure rapid turnaround of high quality molecular data. They are expected to identify and pursue process improvements to increase capabilities and capacity.
This position may occasionally require non-standard working hours (weekends).
Although not a requirement, experience working with Python is a plus.
Key Responsibilities:
Cell biology lab activities - They should be capable of executing, and documenting, cellular biology protocols using aseptic techniques. Maintains existing mouse and human cell lines including pluripotent stem cells, imports and expands new cell lines, performs plasmid transfections, gene editing experiments, and creates viral vectors as needed. Reproducibility and detailed documentation of sample records is critical.
Molecular biology lab activities - They should be capable of executing molecular biology protocols with highly reproducible results in an efficient and timely manner. Techniques include, but are not limited to, DNA/RNA purification and analysis, PCR, sequencing, and plasmid manipulations. Accurate and detailed documentation of sample records is critical.
General laboratory operations -Maintaining reagent inventories, monitoring/calibrating/cleaning equipment.
SOP and Safety - Develops, writes and revises document templates and relevant SOPs. Implements and ensures SOPs are followed while adhering to laboratory safety policies.
High performance environment - Demonstrates and drives a positive, high performance environment with a culture of teamwork, continuous improvement and customer focus. They work collaboratively within GET team to leverage expertise to maximize success and resource use. They ensure a safe work environment is maintained at all times.
B.S. in Molecular Biology, Genetics or a related discipline.
Minimum of one year experience wet bench experience, preferably in a molecular or cell culture based laboratory.
Excellent research task oversight skills including adherence to procedures, best practices and detailed documentation/record keeping.
Organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple demands and work efficiently under pressure; excellent communication skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively exchange information and handle problems with people from a wide variety of background levels.
Demonstrated ability to utilize standard office software (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, etc) or other Project Management/LIMS software solutions.

Pay Range (Hourly Rate): $21.6 - $33.16

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: 884706

Posted On: Feb 02, 2023

Updated On: Feb 14, 2023

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