Research Assistant I/II/III

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Bar Harbor, ME

Job posting number: #7070883 (Ref:JAX28016)

Posted: October 12, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Bloss Laboratory is seeking a Research Assistant to help us investigate how the organization of synaptic connections shapes information processing in the brain. We use new tools and techniques to examine this relationship, including array tomography, electron microscopy, perturbations of neuronal activity, and behavioral analyses. The primary duties include administrative procedures, mouse brain tissue processing, imaging, and assisting with animal care related to ongoing projects. There are opportunities for independent projects depending on experience, so the ideal candidate must be capable of working independently as well as in a team environment.


  • Organizes mouse colonies, genotyping, and transgenic breeding
  • Ordering lab reagents, coordinate experiments, and analyze mouse behavior
  • Learn sample preparation methods for advanced forms of microscopy
  • Perform array tomography and electron microscopy imaging


  • Research Assistant I:
    • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 1-3 years of related experience.
    • Mouse handling and husbandry skills preferred.
    • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate information verbally and in written form.
    • Proven ability to organize time effectively and work under time constraints, meet deadlines and prioritize work.
  • Research Assistant II:
    • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 3 – 6 years of directly related experience in a Laboratory setting.
    • Advanced mouse handling and husbandry skills required.
    • Demonstrated ability in development of research protocols.
    • Demonstrated success in coordinating and/or conducting multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project.
  • Research Assistant III:
    • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related discipline OR 6+ years of directly related experience.
    • Advanced mouse handling, husbandry skills and biomethods required.
    • Established understanding of good safety practices and a demonstrated history of safe conduct.
  • All levels:
    • Fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with Excel and Word.
    • 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.
    • Ability to work flexible shifts (evening/week-end/holiday).

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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.


Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, and a pre-employment physical.

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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