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Working under general supervision, this individual undertakes colony management responsibilities within the Serreze Lab. This position combines part-time mouse room colony management with part-time laboratory responsibilities. Approximately sixty percent of the applicantu2019s time will be spent on the maintenance of ~40 unique, mostly complex, mouse stocks used to delineate the genetic mechanisms of autoimmune type 1 diabetes. These duties include the rotation of breeders, weaning, and accurately recording pedigree information into the JAX Colony Management (Microsoft Access based) computer software system. Another requirement includes accurate urinary glucose analyses of large numbers of experimental mice to determine onset of autoimmune diabetes. The remaining 40% of the applicantu2019s time will be spent performing laboratory activities such as reagent preparation, routine PCR- and flow cytometry-based genotyping, assisting in experiments, as well as performing other basic laboratory duties. As time and aptitude allows, the applicant can be trained in more advanced techniques. The primary emphasis of this position will focus on colony management with secondary emphasis on research and operational needs. This individual may be required to work flexible shifts that could include evenings, week-ends and/or holidays depending on the demands of the research and/or laboratory operations. Key Responsibilities: Colony Management u2013 60% Maintains appropriate breeding scheme(s) as required per strainReports colony productivity changes to Laboratory Manager and/or SupervisorConsistently manages breeder rotation as required per strain and appropriately identifies and selects replacement breeder miceAccurately maintains strain pedigree in JAX Colony Management computer softwareAccurate urinary glucose analyses of large numbers of experimental mice to determine onset of autoimmune diabetesUpdates current colony status development notes citing appropriate milestone datesPromptly utilizes genotyping results for colony maintenanceImplements the breeding scheme of new strains as determined by the Laboratory Manager and/or other research team membersLearns fundamental processes of data collection and analysis of reproductive performance Experimental Support, Biomethods & Special Projectsu2013 40% Reagent preparationMasters biomethod techniques and efficiently performs the following:Animal euthanasia in accordance with established laboratory procedures for humanely euthanizing mice in barrier facilitiesAnimal restraintEar notch, JAX Ear Tag, tattoo identification methodsTail tipping biosample collectionEye bleedingTail vein i.v. injectionsRoutine PCR and flow cytometry-based genotypingAssisting with experimentsHarvesting tissuesAbility to master new experimental techniques and Biomethods as needed. Regular, reliable and consistent attendance. Ability to meet flexible and changing demands including some hours on weekends and holidays. Ability to work flexible schedule depending on research/operational needs. Knowledge of mouse genetics as acquired by a degree in the biological sciences or 1u20132 years work experience in which animal husbandry and colony management and wet bench experience were major job responsibilities Senior Research Technologist - Knowledge of mouse genetics as acquired by a degree in the biological sciences or 5 years work experience in which animal husbandry, colony management were major job responsibilities. Successful completion of Lab Animal Science or equivalent experience. Biomethods training, or ability to quickly obtain such, resulting in the ability to ear notch mice, collect peripheral blood, tail tips, and cull mouse colonies. Prior training in PCR and/or flow cytometry based techniques is a plus. Successful completion of the Laboratoryu2019s Genetics course or equivalent college accredited coursework. Skilled in utilizing the JAX Colony Management computer software system, or have the ability to quickly learn the Microsoft Access based software program. Knowledge of barrier room function. Regular, reliable and consistent attendance. Demonstrated team player with professional, positive attitude and willingness to learn and be flexible. Detail orientated, flexible, ability to multi-task and remain focused. Successful proven record of written and oral communication skills sufficient to permit clear and effective exchange of information. Week-end and holiday work may be required on a rotating basis or as dictated by research needs. Individuals with a higher level of experience may be considered for a higher level position. About us: **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (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, **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.'s 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and theu00a0mountains 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 patientsu2019 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 u201cBest Places to Work in Academiau201d 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 JAXu2019s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. 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: .

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