Research Assistant I

The Jackson Laboratory | Bar Harbor, ME

Posted Date 10/11/2017
Job Description

Our In Vivo Imaging and Physiology (IVIP) team focuses on identifying robust and reliable metabolic, cardiovascular and physiological phenotypes in genetic models of human disease.  Using the mouse as our model organism, we apply a range of gold standard and cutting edge technologies to study the phenotypic consequences of genetic manipulations.  This includes ultrasound imaging of the heart, cardiovascular telemetry, electrocardiography, indirect calorimetry, body composition assessment by nuclear magnetic resonance and dual emission X-ray absorptiometry, glucose tolerance testing, and physiological assessment of hearing and vision using auditory brainstem response and electroretinography respectively.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and skilled Research Assistant to perform metabolic, cardiovascular and physiological characterization of mice using the above phenotyping assays and imaging modalities. The day to day activities of the role will include schedule coordination, experimental design, developing and documenting methodology, conducting procedures, data collection, quality control and analysis, as well as assisting in the preparation of publications and reports.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct studies based upon standard operating procedures (SOPs). Ensure functionality of instrumentation and testing platforms. Execute experiments under rigorous scientific control. Write and maintain SOPs to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Ensure the integrity, quality control and quality assurance of all data collected.  Upload data to database system within agreed upon timelines.
  • Analyze the data to identify parameters of interest, and generate reports for our investigators using the most suitable application e.g. PhenStat, Mouse Phenome Database, Excel or Prism statistical and graphing software.
  • Comply with all ACUC regulations regarding the care and use of experimental animals, and remain current in relevant technologies and paradigms through literature search, attending seminars, workshops and courses.
Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR =3 years of related experience
  • Prior experience in mouse metabolic, cardiovascular and/or physiology phenotyping preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate effective mental concentration, visual attention to detail and manual dexterity
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate information verbally and in written form
  • Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program
  • Proven ability to organize time effectively and work under time constraints, meet deadlines and prioritize work
  • Fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with Excel and Word
  • Established understanding of good safety practices and a demonstrated history of safe conduct
  • Ability to work flexible shifts (evening/week-end/holiday)
  • Regular, reliable and consistent attendance
  • Mouse handling and husbandry skills preferred

Please submit your CV/Resume and cover letter outlining general interests, and career goals.

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
Geographic Region
Downeast & Acadia
Science - Research

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