The Jackson Laboratory

Systems Engineer (immediate relocation not required)

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 4 months ago(5/27/2020 3:25 PM)
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As a full time System Engineer at The Jackson Laboratory, you'll be part of an organization whose IT technology is as exciting and progressive as our science. We are currently looking for motivated individuals who will work with our computational scientists, system administrators, and other Research IT staff to design, configure, and implement efficient research computing systems in support of scientific research functions and processes



  • Participate in technical research and development to allow for continuing innovation within the JAX IT organization, including recommendations for hardware and software acquisition.
  • Ensure that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to JAX’s organizational values and IT goals.
  • Support the operations of the following systems: Unix/Linux servers, Microsoft Windows Server, private / public cloud platform services, and support SAN and NAS storage
  • Support the Research IT Cyberinfrastructure group in engineering, provisioning, operations, maintenance and research/development to ensure continual innovation, including software applications, tools, and cloud products that fall into the research computing domain.
  • Install upgrades and patches for software and hardware/firmware, and configure these systems to conform to IT best practices and industry standards.
  • Follow operations processes and documentation; provide documentation/project tracking and management reporting.
  • Provide tactical and strategic input on overall systems planning and related projects.
  • Research and evaluate new products and services for applicability to in-house needs.   Stays current with new trends in processes and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years experience in Systems Administration. Other means of acquiring this knowledge may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Familiarity with on premise cloud/virtualization technologies (such as ESX VMWare, Hyper-V, KVM, OpenStack, etc.) and public cloud computing and storage infrastructure (AWS, GCP, Azure).
  • Familiarity with, and experience in a dynamic research/academic environment.
  • Expertise with Windows and Linux systems (Certifications strongly preferred), shell scripting (Bash/Powershell), and other relevant tools.
  • Real world experience (3-5 years) with storage solutions such as Isilon, NetApp, 3PAR, and other leading research and enterprise storage vendors and technologies.

Other Skills:

  • Able to work independently, and as part of a team
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Sense of urgency to solve problems in a timely manner.
  • Technical authority in area of specialty on assigned projects.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with scientists at all levels.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Available for on-call and non-business hours work to support business needs.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,200 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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