Genomic Technologist I/II/III

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Jun 29, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Tracking Code 6504

Genomic Technologist I/II/III

About The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine: Comprising 183,000 square feet of highly advanced, state-of-the-art laboratories and supporting facilities, JAX-GM is conveniently located midway between NYC and Boston in the heart of Connecticut's growing bioscience industry. Our mission at JAX-GM is to discover the complex causes of disease, develop diagnostics and therapeutics, and ultimately empower the global medical community.

JAX-GM is part of an exciting, internationally-recognized research and educational institution with unparalleled genomic resources and research support services. Seeking to advance personalized medicine, we draw on the institution's distinguished history and on the innovative expertise of our growing faculty, who are recruited from among the world's top scientific labs and institutions.

About the position: Working under minimal supervision from the manager of Genome Technologies, the incumbent is responsible for testing, developing, streamlining, improving and implementing protocols (new or existing) using cutting-edge nucleic acid and library preparation, next generation sequencing (NGS) and associated technologies. The incumbent will work directly with the research and clinical labs to provide services and training.

Responsibilities include testing new protocols, preparing biological samples, constructing genomic libraries and operating NGS technologies. Good knowledge in molecular biology and strong hands-on skills are critical in protocol development and implementation. Experience in automation and protocol/process scale-up highly desired, as is direct experience with operating Illumina sequencers (HiSeq, NextSeq, MiSeq) and/or PacBio Sequencers. Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills are required.

The Technologist I, II, or III are distinguishable primarily by level of education, relevant & years of experience, independent judgment, complexity of assignments, supervision required, proficiency in problem solving, and diversity of training. In addition a Technologist III will be responsible for mentoring and training other members of the lab.


  • Isolate DNA and RNA, QC samples, construct and QC NGS libraries, start and QC sequence runs. Troubleshoot to solve problems as they arise. Implement process improvement to improve efficiency and minimize errors.
  • Test, develop, and implement new technologies and protocols, including automation where necessary. Document new protocols and write SOPs. Develop cost structure for new service deliverables.
  • Tech III: Train laboratory staff members in new and existing SOPs.
  • Maintain project and sample information, protocols, and experimental details through the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).


  • Level I - Bachelor's degree in biological or chemical sciences with at least one year of experience working in a molecular biology laboratory.
  • Level II - Bachelor's degree in biological or chemical sciences with at least three years of experience working in a molecular biology laboratory, or Master's degree with at least one year of working experience in a molecular biology laboratory.
  • Level III - Bachelor's degree in biological or chemical sciences with at least five years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory, or Master's degree with at least three years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and identify, prioritize, and plan activities necessary to meet projected goals.
  • Good knowledge and hands-on skills in molecular biology is essential, and knowledge of NGS-based genomic research and related technologies is a plus.
  • Level III - 2+ years of successful experience developing and delivering training materials.
  • Positive team player.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, including the ability to plan, schedule, and successfully carry out multiple projects at the same time to successful conclusion with minimal supervision.
  • Strong attention to experimental detail and process is critically required.
  • Working experience in genomics-focused laboratory and experience in data management, including laboratory information management systems (LIMS), is desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills required for efficient communication of scientific details in a diversified environment.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please include a cover letter along with your resume/CV. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.


JAX began in 1929 with a small group of scientists dedicated to the emerging field of genetics. We now have over 1,700 scientists, technicians, and support staff, including over 50 Principle Investigators in five primary disease areas: cancer, reproductive biology, immunology, metabolic processes and neuroscience. Our fundamental contributions to biomedical research include cancer genetics and establishing the mouse as the premier research animal model.

  • Uncover more of our historic milestones, including the 26 Nobel prizes associated with our research, resources, and education
  • Read our latest news & insights for a glimpse at how we're impacting the future of biomedicine
  • Follow the progress we're making on our quest to improve human health via our recent research highlights

EEO: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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