Research Assistant I

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Farmington, CT

Job posting number: #7074738 (Ref:JAX28310)

Posted: February 3, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


Research Assistant 

Unutmaz Lab

Farmington, CT


The Unutmaz Lab at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT is seeking a Research Assistant level I with training in either immunology, molecular biology or microbiology. Prior experience and background in tissue culture and sterile techniques is required. Experience with flow cytometry of immune cells, human cell culture and growing bacteria will be preferred. Dr. Unutmaz's Lab investigates the biology of the human immune system and microbiome in the context of variety of diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, cancers and aging. Studies are performed with blood derived immune cells from healthy or patient blood samples from a variety of diseases where the immune system is altered. Some studies are also conducted with human cell lines.


The main role of the Research Assistant will be to assist in purifying immune cells from blood samples of healthy or patient's blood samples, analyzing complex immune populations in these purified cells using multi-color fluorescence activated cell sorting and performing cell culture. The Assistant will also help in genetic engineering of human immune cells, including using CRISPR technology, performing luciferase or other marker based high throughput cell-based assays, transfections to generate lentiviruses and transductions of human cells. The Assistant will be trained thoroughly for all procedures and equipment.


Most of the involved cellular studies are time sensitive, thus the role requires the ability to generate and analyze experimental results within reasonable time constraints with utmost quality and compile the data for frequent review by principle investigator. The Assistant will also record test results in lab notebooks/computer (Macs and iPad preferably) accurately and must be comfortable handling sample collection and cell lines in BSL2 lab environments. Other routine lab duties will also be assigned as needed.


• Performs routine experiments and obtains data based on supervision.
• Assists with experiments of other members of the group.
• Performs tests, procedures and experiments applying specialized skills, knowledge and equipment; modifies and refines techniques and procedures to meet research objectives; manages multiple, concurrent projects or a multi-faceted project. Trouble shoots new protocols.
• Monitors and maintains sample databases, collects research data to assess accuracy, validity, and integrity.
• Coordinates and manages facilities, equipment, supplies and related resources; monitors environmental risks and quality control; understands and complies with safety standards to maintain a safe environment.
• Instructs and trains staff, students, faculty and/or other clients in the performance of procedures and operation of equipment.
• Responsible for utilization of laboratory equipment, data and expenditures. Assists in general maintenance of the lab and assist others in experiments as required. Help to order lab consumables (cell culture plates, pipette tips, tubes, commonly used reagents, etc.), prepare cell culture media and solutions, and help with basic lab organization.
• Interacts with all individuals in productive ways to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program, such as ability to give direction and accept constructive criticism. Shows respect and maintains professional attitude to all lab members and outside collaborators.



• Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related subject with at least 1 year of directly related experience. Other means of acquiring that knowledge and experience may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
• Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry including experimental design, methods of data collection and analysis; ability to operate instruments and equipment; knowledge of related information technology.
• Clearly and concisely conveys information verbally and in written form; effectively presents ideas to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and message. Presents research results and summaries; adheres to reporting requirements of research project(s).
• Ability to learn and adapt to new procedures and work very effectively in a team.

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 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, drug test 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:#7074738 (Ref:JAX28310)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
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