Job Opportunity - JAX Scholar Postdoctoral Program at Jackson Laboratories

Kim Petrie
November 19, 2013

The JAX Scholars is a selective postdoctoral fellowship award addressing the national need for research scientists who are accomplished in the broadly defined fields of genetics and genomics. The 2014 JAX Scholar awards will be granted to a new Ph.D. graduates entering a postdoctoral fellowship at The Jackson Laboratory.  A JAX postdoctoral fellow has opportunities to work with the “best” in mammalian genetics – including JAX faculty, Scientific Services, a new training program (as described below) and an established community of postdoctoral trainees. The faculty and scientific shared services provide mentored research by having postdocs manage various projects, collaborate with state-of-the-art scientific services (computation, genetic engineering, genome technologies and imaging), with the expected outcome of published work in high impact journals.

In addition to research-focused training, our postdoc program offers an annual course of expanded learning experiences, which we call the Whole Scientistprogram.  The Whole Scientist begins with a short course to expand professional training in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Teaching and Mentoring, Laboratory Management and Scientific Communication. Through the Whole Scientist, JAX also offers an internal grant development and review process to assist in the practice of generating competitive applications.  Furthermore, as you may know, JAX hosts over two dozen courses and conferences to educate researchers at all career stages in cutting edge techniques and new research directions. We encourage all postdocs to participate in these courses to enhance their research and provide professional networking opportunities.  The cumulative effect of the Whole Scientist program will be enhanced versatility among our postdocs as they enter an extremely competitive job market.

The JAX Scholar program is looking for talented and ambitious graduate students to enroll in our incoming class.  Up to three scholars will be awarded, each for an initial two-year term. JAX Scholars will receive:

  • $50,000 annual stipend, plus benefits
  • Relocation package
  • $10,000 annual research and travel budget

To apply for the program, students with recent (or soon-to-be) Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees must be nominated by their PhD advisor or JAX faculty. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2013. For more information, please see the program website