Cooperative Predoctoral Training in Mammalian Genetics at the Bar Harbor, ME campus and Genomic Medicine at the Farmington, Conn campus

The Jackson Laboratory offers opportunities for PhD research and training in cooperation with degree-granting academic programs. JAX researchers use the outstanding genetic, genomic and bioinformatics resources at both campuses to investigate normal biology and disease. Students take advantage of the research environment at JAX to conduct dissertation research, for lab rotations, and for short-term collaborative projects with our outstanding faculty.

Learn from the best 

In addition to our modern state-of-the-art facilities you can:

  • Work with and learn from internationally known investigators
  • Be a part of an active predoctoral student group
  • Attend a dynamic seminar program with monthly training seminars
  • Participate freely in JAX's internationally renowned courses and conferences

Get the best

The rich and vibrant research environment of The Jackson Laboratory allows students to focus on their PhD research investigations while enjoying benefits such as:

  • NIH scale-based stipends & health care benefits
  • Temporary subsidized housing for lab rotation students (ME only) 
  • Unparalleled scientific services supporting research

More than science and research

Getting your PhD from Jackson is more than just research. Our predocs do have some fun. Our predocs:


  • Take advantage of our next-door neighbor, Acadia National Park
  • Enjoy theater, music, museums and Downeast Maine's rich historical and nautical heritage
  • Have year-round activities like skiing, kayaking, mountain climbing, biking and much more


  • Neighboring Hartford, Conn offers easy access to theater and music venues
  • Nearby to many hiking and outdoor activity sites
  • Enjoy easy access to NYC and Boston

Predoc under hood

"Rather than feeling as though I’m just continuing my undergraduate education at another university, JAX provides a welcoming yet fast-paced environment for highly motivated graduate students to excel."