JAX Postdoctoral Scholars

Build your CAREER.

The JAX Scholar program recruits outstanding early-career scientists to work at The Jackson Laboratory in the broadly defined fields of genetics and genomics. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated substantial accomplishments and show tremendous future promise as researchers, scholars, and leaders. Under the guidance of a JAX faculty member and within the collaborative scientific environment at the lab, JAX Scholars develop an independent research program and prepare to take the next step in their scientific careers.

In addition to the benefits afforded all Postdoctoral Associates, JAX Scholars receive:

  • Salary compensation 15% above the JAX Postdoctoral Associate rate, adjusted annually
  • Two years of salary support upon successful annual review
  • One-time $10,000 budget to develop your independent research program
  • Experience with institutional service and leadership, in preparation for a faculty career
  • Tailored mentoring aimed at achieving success in academic science


Candidates must hold a recent Ph.D., M.D., M.D.-Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time they begin their tenure as a JAX Scholar. Candidates of any citizenship may apply.



Candidates will be evaluated for:

  • First-authored publication in a top-tier journal or several publications in specialized journals
  • Exceptional letters of recommendation
  • Research proposal that reflects innovative thinking
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and/or experience in the research and scholarly communities

Please note: JAX Scholars are expected to apply for extramural funding during the first two years of the award. A past record of securing extramural funding is advantageous.



Application packages should be submitted by email to scholar@jax.org with a single PDF attachment that includes the following, in order:

  • Nomination letter from faculty at your home institution or JAX. Self-nominations are also accepted.
  • Cover letter, noting at which JAX campus you would like to work.
  • CV including all scientific publications and awards. Manuscripts under review or in press may also be included.
  • Three letters of reference. If referees prefer to provide confidential letters, they should be mailed to scholar@jax.org with the candidate's name in the subject line.
  • A brief (1,500-word) research statement describing your significant research to date, future research direction, leadership capacity, and career plans.
  • Three JAX faculty members with whom you would like to train and/or collaborate and a brief justification of why these individuals were selected.

Application packages are reviewed by a committee of JAX leadership and faculty. Candidates receiving a favorable review will be invited to the appropriate JAX campus to meet with faculty, tour our services and facilities, and visit the area. The JAX Scholar program covers the cost of these interview visits. Award offers will not be made until after the campus visit.



JAX Scholar applications are reviewed annually. The next application deadline is April 1, 2018. JAX Scholar awardees are expected to begin their tenure before January 15, 2019.

Join our team and help us lead the search for tomorrow's cures today. Apply for the JAX Scholar program and accelerate your independent research career.