Research Intern / Research Assistant III - Hinson Lab
Farmington, CT US
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Research Intern / Research Assistant III

Hinson Lab

The Hinson laboratory at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT is seeking a talented individual experienced in computational biology, cell and molecular biology.

The focus of the Hinson laboratory is to understand the molecular and genetic basis of inherited cardiac disorders. We employ diverse approaches but we are particularly focused on the development of novel, biomimetic tissue models of cardiomyopathy using disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPScs). The Hinson lab also performs genome engineering of stem cells with CRISPR/CAS9 and TALE nucleases, in vitro cardiac differentiation, flow cytometry, NGS assays especially RNAseq and single cell RNAseq, and basic microfabrication. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual who has prior experience with computational methods focused on NGS data analysis, and some previous exposure to molecular biology and cell culture techniques.

The successful candidate will be hired as either a Research Intern or a Research Assistant III, dependent on experience. The Research Intern is a temporary position lasting up to 36 months designed specifically for recent graduates with a 4-year degree looking to advance their scientific/research training prior to pursuing further educational endeavors, whereas the Research Assistant III is a permanent position requiring more developed skills and experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Applies knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry including experimental design, data collection and analysis; operate instruments and equipment; and use of related information technology.
  • 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.
  • 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).


  • Research Intern (Temporary position - 36 months): Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through a 4-year degree in biological sciences/engineering, and a desire to advance scientific/research training prior to pursuing further educational endeavors.
  • Research Assistant III (Permanent position): Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through a Bachelor's or Master's degree in biological sciences/engineering and 1+ years of directly related laboratory experience. Other means of acquiring that knowledge and experience may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Required skills and experiences include computational methods for NGS sequencing data (e.g. RNA-seq, ATAC-seq and amplicon analyses), R programming and biostasticial analyses.
  • Desired skills and experiences include stem cell tissue culture especially human iPScs/EScs, in vitro differentiation, DNA and RNA extraction and analysis, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, basic microfabrication and photolithography.
  • The candidate should be hardworking, able to work independently, have strong written and communication skills, able to work in a team environment, acquire new skills rapidly, and have versatility in a laboratory setting.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Willing to work weekends as needed.

About us:

The Jackson Laboratory ( is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 1,800 employees across three campuses nationwide. Our mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease, and to empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. JAX's research institute in Connecticut, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX-GM'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-GM 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. Our employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients' lives.

JAX-GM 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-GM 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.

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. JAX offers an MBA program, a fitness center with an award winning wellness program, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.

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.

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.

Learn more about at opportunities at JAX at

Job Location
Farmington, Connecticut, United States

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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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