JAX Postdoctoral Scholars

Build your CAREER.

The Jackson Laboratory’s Scholars (JAX Scholars) Program supports promising early-career postdoctoral associates conducting cutting edge biomedical and basic biological research at The Jackson Laboratory. Candidates will show exceptional promise as future leaders in these areas and appreciate the applications of their research to advance scientific understanding and human health. The JAX Scholars Program offers an intellectually rigorous opportunity for postdoctoral scientists to advance their scientific training for careers in scientific research, policy, education and beyond. The Program encourages innovative, state-of-the-art research by which the Scholar establishes themself as an independent researcher under the mentorship of one of JAX’s exceptional JAX faculty members.


Up to four scholars will be awarded annually, two per campus, each for an initial one-year term with an available second year if approved by the institutional Training Committee. The review will take place approximately nine months into the Scholar tenure and will consist of a standard career development review, written progress report, and open seminar.

In addition to the benefits afforded to all postdocs at JAX, JAX Scholars will receive:

  • JAX Scholar stipend (JAX postdoc scale + 15%), plus full benefits.
  • One-time $10,000 discretionary research and travel budget.

Candidates will hold recent Ph.D., M.D., M.D.-Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by the time of their JAX Scholar appointment. If candidates have questions about doctoral degree equivalencies, contact us at scholar@jax.org.

Candidates will have less than two years of postdoctoral experience at JAX and less than three years of cumulative postdoctoral experience. Candidates who have more postdoctoral experience will be expected to have demonstrated a higher level of accomplishment than less experienced candidates.

Candidates will be nominated by a faculty member (either at their home institution or at JAX) most familiar with the candidate’s abilities and career prospects. Candidates may also self-nominate.


To apply, send the following documents to scholar@jax.org by the application deadline of December 1. Please submit a single pdf including all documents in the sequence listed below. If recommenders wish to submit letters confidentially, these can be sent separately to scholar@jax.org, including “JAX Scholar” and the applicant’s name in the subject.

The application includes:

  • Nomination letter from PI on letterhead
  • One-page cover letter, expressing interest in the position and motivation for applying
  • CV that includes a full list of scientific publications
  • Two recommendation letters from individuals other than the nominator on letterhead
  • Research statement (< 1,000 words) describing their significant scientific work to date
  • Leadership statement (< 1,000 words) describing their past leadership roles and achievements
  • Training plan (< 1,000 words) describing direction of future research, career plan and timeline, and proposed budget for discretionary $10,000

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising representatives of the research faculty and JAX leadership, in consultation with the JAX President.


Review criteria include:

  • Consistent record of research productivity, independent and creative thinking, and the ability to identify important problems in biomedicine, as evidenced by publications, invited talks, and/or fellowships awarded
  • Promise as an exceptional scientist and thought-leader, as evidenced by recommender’s and nominator’s comments and the research statement
  • Demonstrated evidence of leadership, initiative, and community engagement

Short-listed applicants will be invited to visit JAX and present their current and future research aims and meet with JAX faculty and Scholar selection committee members. An interview is required before a Scholar award will be considered.

JAX Scholar awards will be made promptly after the interview. Awardees will have three months to consider the offer and are expected to commence their Scholar tenure within the following twelve months.


JAX Scholars are expected to seek external funding for their research through federal and/or foundation fellowship opportunities. If a Scholar is awarded an external fellowship during their Scholar tenure, they will remain at their JAX Scholar stipend and retain access to their research and travel budget until the original amount awarded is spent.

JAX Scholars are expected to engage with JAX leadership and promote JAX’s mission within the institute and beyond. In this role, Scholars will participate in the recruitment of subsequent JAX Scholars. Additionally, Scholars should create or participate in existing leadership opportunities appropriate to their interests and goals. Broadly, there are existing frameworks for teaching, mentoring, committee service, advocacy, and outreach; the Postdoctoral Program Office can advise on opportunities.

JAX Scholars are expected to take full advantage of the training opportunities at JAX, including attendance of relevant scientific Courses & Conferences offerings, The Whole Scientist professional skills course, and monthly Science Forum discussions.


Advance your independent research career as a JAX Scholar. Apply by December 1.