Research Assistant I

The Jackson Laboratory (http://www.jax.org) in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, is recognized internationally for its excellence in research (e.g. The Nathan Shock Aging Center and Center for Novel Alzheimer's Disease Models), unparalleled mouse resources, outstanding training environment characterized by scientific collaboration, and exceptional core services - all within a spectacular setting adjacent to Acadia National Park. Translational research collaborations in genomics-based, personalized medicine are fostered through our JAX Genomic Medicine campus in Farmington, CT.
The Jackson Laboratory is seeking a Research Assistant I to support studies focused on genetic and environmental factors that determine cognitive resilience in aging and Alzheimer's disease. The successful candidate will be required to execute behavioral experiments in support of this mission. The candidate must have strong experience in animal handling, diet and exercise manipulations, interventions (injections/surgeries), and a variety of behavioral tests. The candidate will be responsible for quality of data generated and uploading data into the database system.
The primary duties will involve generating and maintaining a colony of diverse mouse models on various interventions, as well as designing and executing experiments for projects focused on the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying effects of diet and exercise on cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease.
In addition to versatility within the laboratory setting, this role requires a high level of self-motivation, organization, and an ability to quickly gain new skills. The candidate must be capable of working independently as well as in a team environment.
Other duties include:
Contribute to the development of research objectives; plan and refine research methods and techniques; learn, adopt, and troubleshoot new procedures as needed
Collect experimental data and keep detailed and accurate records
Interpret and evaluate results; communicate results through reports and presentations
Interact productively with lab members and outside collaborators to enhance the operations and outcomes of the research program
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related subject OR 1-3 years of equivalent work experience
1 year experience in a dynamic research environment preferred.
Mouse handling and husbandry skills and tissue collection and dissection preferred.
Basic skills with laboratory instrumentation and routine measurements.
Ability to take initiative, work independently and exercise good judgment in decision-making
Ability to maintain accurate records and demonstrated ability to manage details
Proficient in various computer software programs to include Word, Excel, and Database management
Positive team player
Please also submit a letter of interest to complete application process.
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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