The Jackson Laboratory

  • Computational Scientist

    Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
    Posted Date 5 months ago(2/6/2019 7:48 AM)
    Job ID
    Scientist, PostDoctoral Associate, Professor/Faculty 
  • Summary

    Dr. Elissa Chesler and her lab group seek a Computational Scientist to join their research team.  The focus of the Chesler lab is to understand the genetics underlying normal and addictive behaviors and to identify the biological basis for relationships among behavioral traits.  More details are available at and




    The Computational Scientist participates in the Chesler Lab’s collaborative research programs focused on addictive behavior.  The integration of genetic, genomic, and phenomic data resources presents a unique opportunity to the candidate selected for this role, to work both independently and collaboratively.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


    • Analysis of systems genetics data generated within research programs focused on addiction;
    • Generation of new computational tools, serving in an expert and leadership role for assigned projects;
    • Integration of data into public databases, ensuring data quality;
    • Mapping QTLs from behavioral data;
    • Writing manuscripts and grants; and
    • Participating in internal and external meetings and conferences to present research results.


    • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biostatistics, or equivalent relevant area.
    • 5-10 years of experience in Bioinformatics research, excluding time spent to obtain Ph.D.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Experience managing projects, mentoring staff and collaborations.
    • Prior successes in and desire to contribute to team projects on an ongoing basis.

    To apply, please submit curriculum vitae, cover letter, and statement of research interests.

    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; JAXWest, a facility in Sacramento, Calif.; and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), a genomic medicine facility in Farmington, Conn., that is enabling the Laboratory to translate its fundamental science into the clinic.

    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

    PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

    ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

    EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

    INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

    STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us



    What do we have to offer?                                                                                                                                        


    JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement.  JAX offers an MBA program, a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.


    Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


    The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.


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