Research Associate

The Jackson Laboratory
Job Location: 
Bar Harbor, Maine

Comprehensive Benefits Package available

Job Description: 

There is a full-time position available as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Cathleen Lutz.
Dr. Lutz’s laboratory focuses on modeling human neurodegenerative disease in mice, with an emphasis on optimum use and best practices for research and preclinical drug testing. The lab works with the NIH and multiple disease foundations to improve on existing mouse models, identify modifier genes, and generate new models that will facilitate therapeutic development. Their goal is to work with foundations, foundation partners and the scientific community to facilitate the rapid characterization, standardization and consistent use of mouse models, with the aim of accelerating treatment discovery. Current projects are focused on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Friedreich's Ataxia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Rett syndrome.
The successful incumbent will have a key role in charactering behavioral phenotypes in mouse models of Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum disorders.

To be successful in this position, the incumbent must be efficient, flexible, and self-motivated. To function well within this dynamic team setting, the incumbent must work well with others.


Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Biology or another of the Life Sciences
• A strong background in neurobiology is desired with basic molecular biology skills such as PCR, qPCR, Southern and protein expression is desirable.
• Experience in in basic behavioral phenotyping and/or electrophysiology is also highly desired.
• Proven proficiency in molecular biology protocols
• Knowledge in computer software applications encountered in a normal laboratory setting
• Experience in working with mice. The position title is dependent upon experience.
• Experience in grant and manuscript writing is required.
Required Skills:
• Exceptional organization skills, faithful execution of established protocols and systematic trouble-shooting of new protocols.
• Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills

Contact Information: 

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to requisition 4062 on

About Our Organization: 

The Jackson Laboratory ( is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center with more than 1,500 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Founded in 1929, the Laboratory applies its eight decades of expertise in genetics to increase understanding of human disease, advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease. It models and interprets genomic complexity, integrates basic research with clinical application, educates current and future scientists, and empowers the global biomedical community by providing critical data, tools and services. The Laboratory is the world's source for more than 7,000 strains of genetically defined mice, is home of the Mouse Genome Informatics and Mouse Phenome databases, and is a hub for scientific courses, conferences, training and education.

With ever-increasing precision, the Laboratory identifies the genetic and molecular bases of disease and marshals its strengths in genomics and modeling to discover individualized treatments and cures. The Laboratory’s work will make medicine more precise, predictable and personal, improving care, lowering costs and increasing life span and health span.