Associate Director, Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Multiple Locations

Job posting number: #7070958 (Ref:JAX28043)

Posted: October 14, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


This is a great opportunity to work closely with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) Medical Director in all activities pertaining to growth and scientific development of the MCGI and related activities. Specifically, this position will lead the development of applications and (scientific) management of funded grants, publications, expansion of a community medicine precision oncology program and manage collaborative relationships for the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI).  Given the importance of the MCGI to the people of Maine and JAX, the incumbent must operate with energy, diplomacy, leadership, responsibility and integrity. This position reports to the JAX Medical Director and all functions are performed under the guidance of the JAX Medical Director.


  • Together with MCGI leadership direct the overall grants and publications pipeline for the MCGI, develop grant applications and oversee implementation of approved grants. Work with the Medical Director on identifying additional opportunities for the MCGI model in other constituencies and with national organizations and on establishing an implementation science focus at JAX.
  • Support the JAX Medical Director in developing and maintaining relationships with internal JAX key stakeholder groups, Maine and Northern New England oncology practices, pharma and academic centers, as well as governmental and industry representatives with the goals of creating opportunities to expand precision oncology opportunities for cancer patients, with special attention to precision oncology and clinical trials.
  • Based on the existing GTB model and in collaboration with the MCGI team, JAX Education and external stakeholders evaluate the impact of GTBs and continuously refine the Genomic Tumor Board (GTB) model. Assume moderator role for GTB’s (in collaboration with the Medical Director and other team members).
  • Work with the MCGI team and clinicians in the MCGI network on identifying improved treatment options for cancer patients by utilizing data analysis and offering potential solutions.
  • Represent MCGI externally at events, during collaborator site visits, at scientific conferences and internally at inter-departmental strategic meetings and presentations to senior leadership. Serve as moderator / MC for MCGI events such as the annual MCGI Forum.
  • Work closely with the Medical Director, Clinical Research Manager, Program Manager and JAX Education (in addition to external stakeholders) as appropriate, to facilitate all MCGI goals including, but not limited to;

o   Identify, investigate feasibility and implement innovative digital technologies.

o   Plan and implement MCGI communications strategies, including a patient awareness campaign

o   Oversee the payment model transition into the second phase of MCGI and manage the test subsidy.

o   Develop a sustainability plan for precision oncology in Maine.


  • PhD (preferably with background in Human Genetics and/or Genetic Counseling), MD/DO, PharmD, or other recognized doctorate level education.
  • 3-5 years post-professional degree experience, preferably with expertise in precision oncology. Strong interest in implementation science research and familiarity with development, launch, and execution of clinical studies/trials a plus. Has experience in writing Foundation and NIH-level grant applications. Publication(s) as first author in peer-reviewed scholarly journal(s). 
  • Strong strategic leadership and results-oriented entrepreneurial mindset with tolerance for ambiguity. Experience in collaborative-network creation and partnership management for startups.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication skills and ability to network, build and maintain effective relationships. Proven track record of sound business judgment and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • High credibility and the ability to communicate complex information clearly and confidently to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% domestically and frequently within Maine.

Please submit a cover letter of interest and CV/resume!

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, 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.

JAX’s Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI) is located in Augusta, Maine, in the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC), at MaineGeneral Hospital. It began operations in 2016 with three overarching goals: to provide cancer genomic testing for Maine cancer patients; to develop and deliver physician education about clinical genomic cancer diagnostics; and to build a network in Maine of oncology practices conducting studies in genomic medicine.

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.


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.


Employment will require successful completion of references and a background check.

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.

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Job posting number:#7070958 (Ref:JAX28043)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
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