Research Associate

The Jackson Laboratory


January 22, 2014

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.


Required Experience

  • 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


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


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  • Company The Jackson Laboratory
  • Contact Name Lisa Winger
  • Email
  • Position Location Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Job Reference Code 4062
  • Minimum Required Education Ph.D.
  • Minimum Preferred Education Ph.D.
  • Minimum Years Experience 5
  • Career Level Experienced Non-manager
  • Size of Company in MA 0
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