The Jackson Laboratory

  • Bioinformatics Developer I/II/III

    Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/25/2019 1:28 PM)
    Job ID
    Biostatistician, Computational Scientist, Scientific Software Engineer 
  • Summary

    About The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine: Comprising 183,000 square feet of highly advanced, state-of-the-art laboratories and supporting facilities, JAX-GM is conveniently located midway between NYC and Boston in the heart of Connecticut's growing bioscience industry. Our mission at JAX-GM is to discover the complex causes of disease, develop diagnostics and therapeutics, and ultimately empower the global medical community. 


    JAX-GM is part of an exciting, internationally-recognized research and educational institution with unparalleled genomic resources and research support services. Seeking to advance personalized medicine, we draw on the institution's distinguished history and on the innovative expertise of our growing faculty, who are recruited from among the world’s top scientific labs and institutions.


    About the position: As a Bioinformatics Developer at The Jackson Laboratory, you will join a respected and growing scientific enterprise with eight decades of distinguished research in mammalian genetics and a promising future in genomic medicine. Your work will contribute to our important mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


    Our employees enjoy distinct advantages, including:

    • A uniquely collaborative environment that fosters interdisciplinary “team science” without departmental barriers
    • Close interaction with our award-winning faculty members
    • Partnerships with leading universities and medical centers
    • Numerous courses and conferences focused on genetics, genomics and biomedicine
    • Exceptional benefits, ample time off and other valuable programs
    • Working for an institution that has repeatedly been voted among the top 15 “Best Places to work in Academia” in the world by readers of The Scientist


    • Algorithm development for genomic structural variation analysis on short and long read sequencing data
    • Development of robust software tools for analysis of biological datasets
    • Comparison of algorithm performance on biological datasets from JAX and other groups, participation in scientific projects within the Lee group on relevant genomics topics
    • Presentation of results at scientific meetings and participation in manuscript and grant writing


    • Level I requires BS or MS degree in Bioinformatics or relevent biological sciences degree. Incumbents who have not achieved Masters degree may compensate for lack of a degree with at least five (5) years of professional bioinformatics work experience.  Works under close supervision.
    • Level II requires MS or PhD degree in Bioinformatics or relevent biological sciences degree. Incumbents who have not achieved a Ph.D, may compensate with a Masters degree and at least five (5) years of professional work experience in bioinformatics.  Works with limited supervision for tasks performed.
    • Level III requires MS or PhD degree in Bioinformatics or relevent biological sciences degree.  Incumbents who have not achieved the PhD level will have at least seven (7) years profession work experience in the bioinformatics domain.   Incumbents with a PhD will have completed a bioinformatics postdoctoral fellowship and/or have a minimum of two (2) years of professional work experience in the bioinformatics domain.
    • Strong skills in computer programming in one object-oriented language (C/C++/Java), and at least one high level language such as Python.
    • Track record of developing algorithms and tools
    • Experience with software development for cloud computing platforms
    • Experience or knowledge with machine learning applications at scale
    • Strong knowledge of Linux high performance computing environments 
    • Knowledge in statistics, biology, genomics are considered a plus


    • PhD preferred
    • Background in human genetics/genomics and disease research
    • Solid publication track record
    • Familiarity with analysis of large datasets from big consortium projects such as TCGA/ICGC/ENCODE and 1000 Genomes
    • Track record of developing algorithms and tools in the area of genome variation and/or cancer biology
    • Experience with analysis/method development of/for data from third generation sequencing platforms (Pacbio / 10X Genomics / Oxford Nanopore) preferred.

    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, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.

    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.


    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.

    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 including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program and an onsite full service cafeteria.


    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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