The Jackson Laboratory

Variant Assay Interpretation Scientist

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/18/2020 5:33 PM)
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Clinical Scientific Curator


The Clinical Scientific Curator for the Clinical Genomics and Genetics Services unit at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will critically evaluate and interpret cancer genomic variants from curation into the JAX Clinical Knowledgebase (CKB). The Clinical Scientific Curator will assimilate and integrate data from scientific literature related to pathogenicity and predictive efficacy in a format compatible with clinical reporting. The Content Curator will also perform wet lab work related to Clinical Genomics activities, and will assist in quality assurance and quality control of all data within CKB.


• Working with internal resources and external databases and the scientific literature, the Clinical Scientific Curator will curate and interpret cancer genomic variants and therapeutic knowledge information through standard operating procedures.
• The Clinical Scientific Curator will work with the computational sciences group to integrate and test new curation tools.
• The Clinical Scientific Curator will update clinical trial information and analyze efficacy evidence data on targeted therapies.

• Will work with JAX computational and laboratory scientists to design and implement high-throughput assays and analyze resultant data.

• Will ensure data integrity of the JAX Clinical Knowledgebase by implementing and executing quality assurance and quality control protocols and related QC projects.



• An advanced PhD level degree in genetics, genomics, cellular biology, molecular biology or an equivalent is required and two years related experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge of targeted therapies, next-generation sequencing technology, genomics, clinical informatics, molecular diagnostics, pharmacology, and cancer biology.
• Previous experience as a technical writer and/or curator is preferred.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in technical writing and oral presentations.
• Working knowledge of database/curation systems, including biomedical ontologies, and the ability to critically evaluate new systems is required.
• Strong attention to detail, multi-tasking, and organizational skills are required. Ability to quickly assess, interpret, integrate, and reassemble relevant medical and scientific literature.
• Clinical curator with extensive experience in functional assay design and execution to critically evaluate scientific rigor of results
• Ability to function as part of a matrixed organization and work as a team player required.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, 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.

JAX Genomic Medicine is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX Genomic Medicine’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 Genomic Medicine 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.


In Connecticut, JAX 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 Genomic Medicine 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.

Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, pre-employment physical, drug test and an appropriate non-compete agreement.
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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