Postdoctoral Associate - Retinal Disease Study

The Jackson Laboratory | Bar Harbor, ME

Posted Date 12/14/2017

The Nishina Lab is seeking a postdoctoral associate to study the genetic and molecular basis of retinal disease in mouse models. Individuals seeking to diversify their training in biochemistry and/or molecular biology with studies of disease-relevant mouse models are encouraged to apply. Potential projects include identifying common pathways that modify retinal degenerative disease from a large collection of actively maintained mouse models; determining molecular networks implicated in pathological disruption of the retinal pigment epithelium; identifying molecular pathways that regulate postnatal ocular growth; and using mouse models to assess the pathogenic role of gene variants that increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration as identified by human genome-wide association studies.

These projects are particularly suitable for postdoctoral scientists looking to launch an independent research career with novel animal models of eye disease. The successful candidate will leverage the extensive mouse-specific resources of The Jackson Laboratory in combination with classic mouse genetics, current ocular phenotyping and molecular biological techniques, and advanced technologies such as CRISPR and single-cell RNA-Seq, to address his or her scientific questions. In addition to lab-based training, JAX has developed a unique program for trainees to expand their professional skills in science communication, entrepreneurship, teaching, mentoring and laboratory management to best prepare postdocs for future career opportunities.

The Jackson Laboratory ( in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, is recognized internationally for its excellence in research, unparalleled mouse resources, and outstanding training environment characterized by scientific collaboration and exceptional core services - all within a spectacular setting adjacent to Acadia National Park. Scientist Magazine polls repeatedly place The Jackson Laboratory among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States.

Required Skills

Ability to plan, execute and analyze an independent research project as well as exceptional verbal and written communication skills are needed. Preference will be given to self-motivated and career oriented individuals.

Required Experience

A Ph.D. in neuroscience, biochemistry, or related sciences is required, and a strong training background in molecular biology, statistical analysis, genomics, and/or genetics is preferred.

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career goals, (2) a current CV, and (3) the contact information of three references, as one PDF file.

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.

Job Location
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Position Type
50,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD
Geographic Region
Downeast & Acadia

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