Assay Development Specialist

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Farmington, CT

Job posting number: #7071770 (Ref:JAX28089)

Posted: November 4, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description



The Assay Development Specialist will work with the CLIA R&D group to develop new technologies and applications of genomic testing leading to implementation of new assay offerings in the CLIA lab. The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of the scientific execution of research projects including development of test plans, performing laboratory work, documentation of procedures and working with the CLIA operations team to transition assays through validation and launch.


This position requires a high degree of technical abilities in DNA and RNA analysis as would be performed in a molecular diagnostics laboratory.


  • Explore new assay and technology options that build on the current and anticipated assay portfolio of the CLIA lab

  • Develop formal research and evaluation plans and documentation to support developmental research project activities

  • Responsible for the efficient and quality execution of sample processing and data generation for the Assay Development Laboratory. This includes working with the Scientist to maintain all documentation required for operation under CLIA/CAP certification, including writing and

    reviewing SOPs as necessary and use of sample tracking systems in accordance with standard operating procedures

  • Conduct research projects to assess the performance of new approaches for genome characterization in a clinical diagnostic context including targeted sequencing, genotyping, and other approaches, with particular emphasis on oncology and virology application

  • Work with CLIA operations team to deploy newly developed assays, including support for validation activities and on-going support


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cancer Genomics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, or relevant discipline

  • At least three years’ hands-on laboratory experience and knowledge of molecular technologies, such as NGS, qPCR, ddPCR, RT-PCR, Sanger, microarrays, nucleic acid extraction, nucleic acid quantification, and others

  • At least two years’ experience with bioinformatics tools and approaches for NGS analysis, particularly related to human genome variation and gene expression

  • Background in project design, including assay development and assay optimization. Experience in a regulated clinical laboratory preferred

  • Ability to conduct and perform projects in a highly cooperative team environment
  • Attention to detail, safety, good laboratory practice, and good documentation practice
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; strong organizational and analytical skills

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,200 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., 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 Genomic Medicine is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX Genomic Medicine’s research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.


JAX Genomic Medicine sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians, and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.


In Connecticut, JAX resides in the scenic town of Farmington, in the state’s capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns.  JAX Genomic Medicine is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems, including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.


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. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program and an onsite full service cafeteria.


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, background check, credit check, pre-employment physical, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.


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:#7071770 (Ref:JAX28089)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
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