The Jackson Laboratory

Software Engineer II

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor | US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/25/2020 4:58 PM)
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The Jackson Laboratory ( is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution internationally recognized for its research excellence and world-class faculty, who perform leading-edge research in the fields of human genomics and mouse genetics. At JAX, our Information Technology is as exciting and progressive as our cutting-edge science. Join our Research IT team to help plan, design, and launch efficient systems in support of scientific research.


The Information and Research Technologies group is seeking a Software Engineer with solid experience in designing, implementing, and supporting production-quality software systems meeting the diverse needs of a multi-functional organization. The ideal candidate will work as part of a value-stream aligned Agile team to design, develop, evaluate and support software solutions to meet the rapidly growing, increasingly complex data processing needs of the Jackson Laboratory scientific research community.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with team members to understand scientific research data processing needs and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Develop and configure software solutions to address identified opportunities.
  • Implement proper security and governance controls.
  • Provide leadership and input into our evolving software development practices.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent is required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in software development required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a modern object-oriented programming language.
  • Knowledge of the following technologies is preferred: Python, JavaScript, bash shell scripting, SQL, HTML/CSS, REST APIs, GIT.
  • Familiarity with common data structures and algorithms.
  • Web programming experience and basic understanding of network protocols.
  • Ability to configure and use compute resources in the cloud is a plus.
  • Experience with 2 or more of the following: paired and mob programming, automated unit and functional testing, manual testing, user-centered design, test or behavior driven development, and continuous integration/continuous deployment.
  • Familiarity with 2 or more of the following leadership skills: collaboration, product management, domain knowledge in molecular biology or genetics, facilitation, influence, conflict resolution, and mentorship.
  • Experience identifying customer needs, communicating technical issues to non-technical audiences, and providing general customer application support.
  • Experience producing high quality work with limited direct supervision.
  • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.

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. JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine; a facility in Sacramento, CA; and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM) in Farmington, CT. JAX-GM is a new genomic medicine facility that is enabling the Laboratory to translate its fundamental science into the clinic. In addition to its National Cancer Center Institute-designated Cancer Center, the Laboratory also has initiated a cancer research laboratory in Seoul, Korea.


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 as well as advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease.


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. This site 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 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.  JAX offers an MBA program, a fitness center with an award winning wellness program, 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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