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Postdoctoral Associate - NISHINA Lab

Summary
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.
Responsibilities
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.
Qualifications
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 for three references.
About Us
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, www.jax.org) is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,000 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. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.
The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor 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.
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!
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 including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, 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 career opportunities at JAX: http://www.jax.org/careers.

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