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Research Assistant III - Leukemia 


The Research Assistant III works under minimum supervision in planning, developing, conducting and evaluating scientific research in a laboratory, clinic, field and/or teaching environment. Incumbents understand the context and implications of the research in order to apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research in one or more scientific disciplines. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: project planning, experimental design, developing methodology, conducting procedures, modifying procedures as needed, data collection and analysis, laboratory management, project management, preparing publications and reports, and communication and instruction. Employees demonstrate and model effective mental concentration, visual attention and manipulative skills. Research Assistant III’s may include the training and direct supervision of staff, students and others in performing specific techniques or phases of experiments. Incumbents are required to work flexible shifts that may include evenings, week-ends and/or holidays depending on the demands of the research and/or laboratory operations. The RA3 will be experienced in in vivo mouse work as well as in vitro cell culturing of cancer cells.

Key Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

  • Proposes alternative research methods, techniques and initiatives demonstrating knowledge of other scientific areas and related research
  • Demonstrates scientific knowledge and analytical skills to monitor, modify, and design the research process. Designs, modifies, and troubleshoots highly specialized equipment.
  • Independently expands scope of literature search to support and/or propose alternative experimental methods, procedures and/or techniques.
  • Gathers information to prepare budget and proposes estimates for acquisition of supplies and equipment
  • Analyzes and resolves variations in complex tests, experiments and procedures; designs and implements modifications and changes to techniques, procedures and quality control measures
  • Leads multiple, concurrent projects and/or multi-faceted projects; directs others in making modifications
  • Evaluates documentation of results; leads efforts to modify and adapt research methodologies in collaboration with others; ensures compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Manages laboratory resources, may include budget and personnel; establishes priorities in the use of resources including space, field, equipment and/or facilities.
  • Understands research goals thoroughly; can instruct and inform others about past and future research directives. Also coordinates with outside collaborators to open new avenues or points of interest of research. Shows a willingness to teach as well as be taught.
  • The RA III may have direct supervisory responsibilities and is accountable to insure the effective training and development program for assigned personnel and to identify and develop staff. The RAIII is responsible to develop training and development programs to strengthen technical and management skills.



Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced mouse handling, husbandry skills and biomethods preferred.
  • Performs statistical analysis; interprets and evaluates results, and compiles data for peer and PI review.
  • Prepares manuscripts for publication
  • Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program
  • The ability to work in a demanding, fast paced, team-oriented environment, while maintaining a high-level of professionalism
  • Leads and initiates good safety practices and a demonstrated history of safe conduct
  • Exceptional computer skills, ability to develop technical documents, databases and presentations
  • Has previous experience in cell culture work, especially in human leukemia cell lines
  • Demonstrated team player with professional, positive attitude and willingness to be flexible
  • Consistently maintains a positive work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to positively influence the behavior of subordinates and teammates - previous training or supervisory experience preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of molecular and cellular biology skills.

Education Required: High School Diploma or GED
Education Preferred: Bachelor's Degree
Experience Required: 6 years
Experience Preferred: 5 years


Pay range: $51,677 - $67,180


About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and nearly 3,000 employees in locations across the United States (Maine, Connecticut, California), Japan and 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.


Founded in 1929, JAX applies over nine 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 provides critical data, tools and services to the global biomedical community. For more information, please visit​​​​​​​.




EEO Statement:

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.