Research Assistant I

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Farmington, CT

Job posting number: #7070532 (Ref:JAX28017)

Posted: October 2, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Cellular Engineering group at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Genome Editing team. The Research Assistant will be an integral part of the NIH-funded iPSC Neurodegenerative Initiative, aimed at using cutting-edge CRISPR genome editing technology in human stem cells to model disease-specific alleles. This position is contracted for one year and is a valuable opportunity to contribute to human disease research while gaining hands-on laboratory experience at a leading biomedical research institution. Extension of this contract is contingent on NIH support at the end of Year 1.


The Research Assistant will work in the cell culture laboratory under the direct supervision of the Cellular Engineering service lead and will be expected to carry out standardized cell culture protocols central to the genome engineering pipeline. This includes growth and maintenance of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), clone isolation and expansion, and data collection and analysis.


Staff are required to work flexible shifts that will include week-ends depending on the demands of the research and/or laboratory operations.


Fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with Excel and Word;
• Ability to clearly and concisely communicate information verbally and in written form.
• Ability to demonstrate effective mental concentration, visual attention and dexterity
• Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program
• Established understanding of good safety practices and a demonstrated history of safe conduct
• Proven ability to organize time effectively and work under time constraints, meet deadlines and prioritize work
• Ability to work flexible shifts (evening/week-end/holiday)
• Regular, reliable and consistent attendance


Bachelor’s degree in sciences or related discipline OR 1-3 years of related experience

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, 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.


JAX-GM is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX-GM’s research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.


JAX-GM sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians, and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.


JAX-GM resides in the scenic town of Farmington, in the state’s capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns. JAX-GM is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems, including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.

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 and an onsite full service cafeteria.


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.


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Job posting number:#7070532 (Ref:JAX28017)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
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