The Jackson Laboratory

Computational Scientist

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 1 month ago(3/3/2020 10:25 AM)
Job ID
Biostatistician, Computational Scientist, Scientific Software Engineer 


Computational Scientist 




The Jackson Laboratory is immediately seeking a Computational Scientist at the level (Assistant/Associate/Full Computational Scientist) to join our Computational Sciences group. This position offers the opportunity to make leading contributions to cutting edge research in mouse genetics, disease biology, and translational research in collaboration with the faculty and genetic resource scientists and clients of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX). Cross campus and industry collaborations are encouraged.


This position is available in Farmington, CT. The Computational Scientist hire is expected to make periodic multi-day work visits to the Bar Harbor campus of The Jackson Laboratory.


These positions have primary responsibility for providing statistical and analytical bioinformatics expertise and interpretation in the scientific research programs at the Jackson Laboratory and its collaborative programs.


Characteristic distinction from Assistant Computational Scientist to full Computational Scientist include increased ability to work independently, development of in-depth knowledge in selected biological disciplines to analyze and provide expert reasoning to the relevant projects, and provide project and grant application leadership.  A full Computational Scientist is expected to independently establish collaborations within JAX, providing expert reasoning to the projects relevant to his disciplines and make leading contributions to the grant applications in collaboration with JAX researchers.


  • Ph.D. in biostatistics, computer science, bioinformatics or any relevant area of study
  • Experience in High Throughput Sequence (HTS) data analysis, microarray data analysis, experimental design, data integration, algorithm development, development of sequence analysis tools (bioinformatics programming), evaluation of analytical tools, and technology, and delivering training to the research community.
  • Must have a clear understanding and implementation of different machine learning algorithms such as logistic regression, decision trees, SVM, Naïve Bayes, KNN, neural networks, gradient descent, Random forest, ensemble gradient boost, etc.
  • Solid knowledge of scripting languages (Perl, Python, R or Ruby), and Unix OS are strictly required
  • Experience with large genomic datasets including TCGA, CCLE, 1000 Genomes Project, ExAC, gnomAD, and related resources
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including skills necessary to present at the conferences and workshops, write study designs, and analytical methods.
  • Strong track record of peer-reviewed publication in relevant scientific journals
  • Have a proven track record and enthusiasm for working in a dynamic high-performance bioinformatics research team environment
  • Will have deep bioinformatics expertise in the niche areas of biological sciences and relevant translational research, esp. cancer biology and statistical genetics
  • Be a creative contributor eager to learn new technologies and science

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.


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.


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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