Research Intern
Bar Harbor, ME
Job Description


The Jackson Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics, and has a mission we are passionate about: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The Ke Lab is seeking a Research Intern (RI) with experience in quantitative analysis to join The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Ke Lab focuses on RNA, a central node of genetic information flow from DNA to protein ( Malfunction of RNAs leads to many human diseases, including neurological diseases and cancer. To thoroughly address fundamental molecular mechanism of RNA, the Ke lab utilizes multidisciplinary approaches, including cutting-edge computational biology, biochemistry, innovative bio-technologies, genetics and molecular biology. The primary duties of this exciting opportunity include developing and applying cutting edge computational/statistical methods to analyze large-scale biological data including but not limited to gene expression by RNA-seq, CLIP data, CHIP data, DNA methylation, and proteomics. The successful candidate will participate in experimental design, develop and apply analysis tools, and conduct reproducible research procedures. Preference will be given to applicants with proficiency in Python, Perl, or R programming languages.

We invite highly motivated individuals who are eager to acquire new knowledge and grow new skill sets in a team environment. The Research Intern position offers a very exciting opportunity for junior researchers to grow their research experience and skills broadly and thoroughly. We strongly support research interns for first-authorship/co-authorship in high quality publications, and firmly promote their professional career advancement. The RI position is a temporary position lasting up to 36 months and is designed specifically for individuals with a 4-year Life Science, Biology, Computational Biology or applicable degree, looking to advance their scientific/research training prior to pursuing further educational endeavors. During the internship, Research Interns are eligible to apply for permanent positions at JAX as long as performance is rated satisfactory by their Scientific Advisor, but a permanent position is not guaranteed.


  • The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: experimental design, data quality control, data analysis, and project data management.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to develop and deliver presentations at lab meetings, and prepare publications and reports.
  • The Research Intern will meet weekly with the PI or Research Scientist mentoring his/her internship.


  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, bioinformatics, computational sciences or related discipline;
  • Explicit interest in pursuing and completing eligibility requirements for continuing studies in biomedical and/or clinical research; or in pursuing a medical profession;
  • Previous experience in an academic setting performing statistical analysis, interpreting and evaluating results, and compiling data, is required;
  • The ability to work in a demanding, fast paced, team-oriented environment, while maintaining a high-level of professionalism;
  • Exceptional technical skills, facility with technical software and databases and ability to develop technical documents and presentations.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV/resume.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,000 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

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
Job Type Internship