The Jackson Laboratory

  • Systems Analyst

    Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor | US-CT-Farmington
    Posted Date 4 months ago(2/12/2019 1:26 PM)
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  • Summary

    The Data Services Team within Research Information Technologies is on a mission is to enable, facilitate, and accelerate research and discovery at the Jackson Laboratory (JAX).   Reaching this goal by working both internally and externally with other research institutions, JAX is leading this mission of data democratization, open science, and best practices of data governance, provenance, software development, high performance computing, cloud computing. The Data Services Team supports this goal by applying best-in-class approaches for data acquisition (including metadata capture), linked-data infrastructure supporting a future of infrastructure flexibility, and scalability.  

    The Systems Analyst’s role is to plan, design and launch efficient systems in support of scientific research functions and processes. This includes gathering and analyzing data and documenting business processes and requirements. This individual will apply proven communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to help maximize the benefit of Research IT system investments.


    • Based on the scientific needs of the community, identify and recommend innovative solutions, and integrated proposals for server, storage, and network systems, including hardware and software acquisition, installation and administration.
    • Install and update scientific and research applications in JAX compute environment, document system changes, write and maintain documentation for end users.
    • Investigate application issues, document findings: communicate with scientists to answer questions, troubleshoot problems and develop appropriate computational strategies to process and analyze their data.
    • Benchmark application, pipelines and workflow performance, and determine areas for improved efficiencies.
    • Create system design proposals: Stay current with new trends and emerging information technologies and informatics tools, advocate for and lead the adoption of these technologies at JAX.


    • Masters degree in life/natural sciences is required with 5 years experience in relevant area of data processing and analysis. PhD in life/natural sciences is preferred with 3 years experience in relevant area of data processing and analysis or 
    • Life sciences research background; hands-on experience with a broad spectrum of biological data collection, processing, and analysis (for example: genomics, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, microscopy, imaging).
    • Advanced interpersonal skills sufficient for developing complex, dynamic relationship with a diverse variety of individuals representing a broad cross section of cultures, disciplines and levels of sophistication.
    • Ability to develop, recommend and execute solutions to complex problems often under time constraints.
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects at the same time and complete projects successfully and on time.
    • Work closely with scientists to ensure that applications and Research IT services are current, appropriate and sufficient to serve their needs.
    • A positive attitude and the ability to perform successfully in a fast-paced environment.
    • Expertise with Unix/Linux systems, shell scripting, C/C++ programming, Python/Perl and other relevant tools.
    • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
    • Able to work independently, and as part of a team.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with scientists at all levels.

    About Us

    The Jackson Laboratory ( is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 1,800 employees across three campuses nationwide. Our mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease, and to empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. JAX's research institute in Connecticut, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX-GM’s research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease, and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.


    JAX-GM sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories. Our employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives.


    JAX-GM resides in the scenic town of Farmington, in the state’s capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns. JAX-GM is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.


    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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