The Jackson Laboratory

Scientific Software Quality Assurance Lead

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 2 months ago(6/15/2020 8:44 PM)
Job ID
Biostatistician, Computational Scientist, Scientific Software Engineer 


The Computational Sciences-Scientific Computing group is looking for a software quality assurance (SQA) lead (full/senior) with an interest in biomedical research. This is an excellent opportunity to build, expand and manage a small team of quality engineers and learn modern software testing frameworks and technologies (hands-on). This role shares equal responsibility for delivering high-quality software applications on time in collaboration with development lead and project manager, while meeting scientific goals. In addition, you would lead education of the development team in best practices in the full scope of testing and software release.


This role will have a high impact on software projects supporting research at the forefront of genetics and genomics research. This is an exciting opportunity to work creatively solving challenging problems, both in building new tools from scratch, and in developing processes for interconnecting existing scientific software applications. The solutions you develop will lead to better understanding of highly complex biological systems, and support the search for cures to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and other genetic disorders.


*partial remote candidates must be willing to travel periodically (at least once a month) to Farmington CT or Bar Harbor ME campuses.


  • Leading the development of detailed end-to-end testing strategies, plans and processes for releasing high quality scientific software applications.
  • Build, expand and develop the existing SQA team and guide the team members to execute test cases accurately.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure quality throughout the software development life cycle.
  • Act as a key point of contact for all QA aspects of releases.
  • Help troubleshoot issues and report bugs and errors constructively to the development teams.  
  • Design and develop testing frameworks and to optimize and scale our testing efforts.
  • Drive test automation and define quality standards/metrics for projects.
  • Automate appropriate functional testing and integrate with continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines.
  • Manage your/team time efficiently while working on multiple projects.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally for conferences and workshops.


  • A BS degree or higher in computer science, information science or equivalent on-the-job experience.
  • 5+ years of Software testing/QA engineering experience. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in automated testing and/or software development and three (3) years in manual software quality assurance are required.
  • 2+ years of management/leadership experience.
  • Experience in testing web-based applications in Angular, HTML5, or other modern frameworks.
  • Experience with automated testing tools and frameworks like Selenium and Protractor.
  • Practical experience in Agile software development processes.
  • Quality assurance lifecycle experience from creating test plans to customer deployment.
  • Experience with operational tools such as Git, command line scripting, comfort with Unix-like environments, continuous integration tools such as Jenkins or Bamboo, Atlassian Suite.
  • Experience doing quality assurance and CI/CD in a cloud environment (Kubernetes, GCP, Azure, etc…) a plus.
  • Previous experience in working in biomedical research or a passion for learning science and new technologies a plus.

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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