Research Assistant II / III - Banchereau Lab - Molecular Immunology

Organization: 
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Job Location: 
Farmington, CT
Job Description: 

The Banchereau Lab at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT is seeking a Research Assistant II/III experienced in molecular immunology. The Banchereau Lab investigates the biology of the human immune system. Studies are performed with blood derived immune cells from healthy volunteers either at rest or following vaccination. Studies are also conducted with cells from patients suffering from a variety of diseases where the immune system is altered. This includes infectious diseases such as influenza, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, allergic diseases, as well as cancer. Some studies are also conducted with human cell lines. The main role of this Research Assistant (RA) is to perform a variety of immunological experiments to investigate the genomics and epigenomics of human blood immune cells. The RA will be responsible for processing human blood samples and purifying various populations of immune cells using a variety of methodologies including fluorescence –activated cell sorting after staining with labeled antibodies as well as bead sorting. Sorted cells will be analyzed using a variety of molecular techniques including RNA isolation for RNA Seq analysis, chromatin immunoprecipitation. Ideally, the RA will have experience in the analysis of transcriptomics data. Furthermore some experience in the analysis of flow cytometry data and the culture of immune cells will be considered a plus.
Responsibilities:
The RA is responsible for maintaining and coordinating lab activities and following departmental policies concerning environmental and infection control, biosafety. They may assist with supervision of other technicians and students. This role requires the ability to generate and analyze experimental results within reasonable time constraints and compile the data for peer and PI review. The RA is responsible for recording test results in lab notebooks and via computer accurately. The RA is also responsible for comfortably handling sample collection and cell lines and performing all other duties as assigned.

Requirements: 

What distinguishes the incumbent from level II to level III is the level of supervision required, independent judgment used, complexity of project, proficiency in problem solving, impact of errors, wider range of experience and specialized knowledge. Level III may act as lead on assigned projects.
• Research Assistant II: Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related subject with at least 1 year of directly related experience. Other means of acquiring that knowledge and experience may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
• Research Assistant III: Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through Master’s degree in biological sciences or related subject with at least 3 year of directly related experience. Other means of acquiring that knowledge and experience may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information: 

All interested individuals should apply on-line at www.jax.org, Career Opportunities, referring to job requisition #4034. Applications should include a Cover Letter and CV. When candidates are otherwise equally qualified, JAX will give preference to the Connecticut resident. The Jackson Laboratory is an EOE/AA employer.

About Our Organization: 

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. We employ more than 200 Ph.D. scientists and a total of more than 1,400 employees. In 2011 and 2012, researchers voted The Jackson Laboratory among the world’s top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in a poll conducted by The Scientist, a magazine for people working in the life sciences. The Laboratory draws on an 83-year reputation for excellence in mammalian genetics, built on the groundbreaking discoveries of its own researchers and on the development and global distribution of the most diverse collection of genetically unique mouse strains in the world. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute – designated cancer center. Our research covers a broad range of genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, and conditions related to reproduction, development and aging. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.