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Research Assistant II

Bar Harbor, ME

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The Knockout Mouse Project (KOMP) Embryonic Lethal Phenotyping program is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to contribute to this high-throughput research effort. Approximately one-quarter of all homozygous knockouts are expected to be embryonic lethal. Characterization of these mouse models—by documenting phenotypes, identifying the embryonic stage at which they become lethal, and cataloging the data—informs research for a host of developmental disorders. The ideal candidate to fill this position is a highly motivated life-long learner, with a passion for independent thinking, flexibility to respond to changes in schedules, new technologies, and innovative experimental design. For more information, visit ****Key Responsibilities:
Phenotyping Pipeline Operations Some colony management and scheduling timed-matings, in order to maintain efficient numbers of animals at various points in the phenotyping pipeline;
Assessment of knockout embryos for embryological and developmental defects. Disection, evaluation, imaging, genotyping, and processing of embryos.
Data Entry and Quality Control (QC) Transcribing data into JAX Colony Management System (JCMS);
QC of data on a line-by-line basis, creating reports as needed.
Multimodal Imaging Will have, and/or be capable of developing, a functional understanding of the theoretical and practical details of the imaging modalities used in the pipeline – microCT, Optical Projection Tomography, and light microscopy.
Capable of developing, a functional understanding of the image analysis approaches in use, a knowledge of Python programming would be beneficial
Required Skills
Bachelor's or Master’s degree in the biological/life sciences OR equivalent knowledge as gained through 3-6 years of experience.
Experience in mouse handling and colony management.
Knowledge of JCMS is a plus.
Knowledge of embryology, especially of the mouse, and genetics is a plus, including the Genetics class offered through The Jackson Lab.
Ability to follow established routine procedures and defined schedules.
Demonstrated ability to keep accurate and detailed records.
Some evening/weekend/holiday hours are to be expected.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV/résumé, and contact information for three references.
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 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.
**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: ****Job Location
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