Research Assistant II/III (CBA)

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Bar Harbor, ME

Job posting number: #7096342 (Ref:JR001670)

Posted: March 23, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Center for Biometric Analysis is a state-of-the-art facility providing in vivo mouse phenotyping services across a wide range of biomedical domains including behavioral neuroscience, metabolism, and cardiovascular disease.

We are recruiting a skilled and enthusiastic Research Assistant II/III to join our Neurobehavioral Phenotyping (NBP) Core. Our activities include testing cognition and memory, motor function and nociception response; assessing social-, depressive- and anxiety-related behaviors; and monitoring seizure activity, indicators of psychosis, and characteristics of aging.

The successful candidate will work under minimal supervision and must understand the context of the research to apply and interpret theoretical knowledge that ensures experiments are conducted optimally.

The range of duties includes but is not limited to data collection; data quality control and statistical analysis; project planning and scheduling; experimental design; developing behavioral assays that are new to the NBP Core; troubleshooting and modifying existing assays; training team members to perform assays; laboratory and project management; and preparing materials for publications and reports.

The successful candidate must thrive in a fast paced, team-oriented environment while maintaining a high level of professionalism and engagement. Exceptional attention to detail and manual dexterity are required.

Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrates scientific knowledge and analytical skills to monitor, modify, and design the project plan.
  • Applies statistical knowledge and tools to analyze data.
  • Installs, operates, and troubleshoots highly specialized equipment.
  • Designs and implements modifications to procedures and quality control strategies.
  • Independently performs literature searches to support or propose alternative experimental methods.
  • Gathers information to prepare estimates for in vivo phenotyping projects.
  • Leads concurrent and multi-faceted projects.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Manages laboratory resources, including space and equipment.
  • Ensures the effective training and development of personnel.
  • Understands project goals thoroughly.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced mouse handling and phenotyping skills
  • Ability to interact with others in a productive, professional manner
  • Models good safety practices
  • Exceptional computer skills including database configuration
  • Proficient in technical writing
  • Flexible team player with a positive attitude
  • Ability to work flexible hours that may include weekends and holidays


  • Bachelor's Degree in biological sciences required
  • Experience in neurosciences, genetics biopsychology or behavior preferred
  • Master’s Degree preferred for the RAIII position

Experience Required:

  • For the RAIII position: 6+ years
  • For the RAII position:  3+ years

About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 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.

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!

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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