Research Intern

The Jackson Laboratory | Bar Harbor, ME

Posted Date 9/13/2017
Job Description

The Center for Systems Neurogenetics of Addiction (CSNA) aims to identify the biological relationships between the stages and patterns of cocaine addiction and behaviors that predict drug abuse. To uncover these relationships, we make use of advanced mouse genetic tools—specifically the Collaborative Cross and Diversity Outbred mouse populations and associated computational methods—that enable holistic study of genes, biological molecules and behaviors.

We are working as a complementary team of investigators from several laboratories and institutions, each bringing deep experience and knowledge in the genetic studies of specific aspects of addiction in the laboratory mouse.

This Research Intern position is a 1 year temporary position designed specifically for individuals with a 4 year Life Science, Biology, Computational Biology or applicable degree looking to advance their scientific/research training prior to pursuing further educational endeavors.

The Research Intern works under the direct supervision of a PI or Research Scientist in planning, developing, conducting and evaluating scientific research in a laboratory, clinic, field and/or teaching environment. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project planning, experimental design, developing methodology, conducting procedures, modifying procedures as needed, data collection and analysis, project management.
  • Developing and delivering presentations at lab meetings, and if appropriate, preparing publications and reports.
  • Incumbent will be responsible for performing routine phenotyping procedures as defined by the research program and will be expected to work well in a team environment. 
  • Key responsibilities will include carrying out predetermined behavioral and physiological phenotyping assays on laboratory mice, mouse husbandry, collecting experimental data, keeping detailed accurate records, reporting collected-data in a clear and organized manner.
Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, biological sciences, computational sciences or related discipline.
  • Explicit interest in pursuing and completing eligibility requirements for continuing studies in biomedical and/or clinical research; or in pursuing a medical profession.
  • Prior mouse handling and colony management experience is highly desirable.
  • The ability to work in a demanding, fast paced, team-oriented environment, while maintaining a high-level of professionalism.
  • Previous experience in an academic setting interpreting and evaluating results, and compiling data preferred.

About us:   

The Jackson Laboratory, (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 1,800 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. ?JAX’s research facility in Bar Harbor, Maine is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and a world-renowned expert in mammalian genetics. JAX also has facilities in Sacramento, California, and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. 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!

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.

The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums and galleries.


Our Values:

INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us

What do we have to offer?                                                                                                                                        

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off and tuition reimbursement.  JAX offers an MBA program, a fitness center with an award winning wellness program, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.

Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.

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.

Learn more about at opportunities at JAX at

Job Location
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Position Type
Job Type
Geographic Region
Downeast & Acadia
Science - Research

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