Job ID: 289620512  |  Last Updated: 9/17/2018

Computational Scientist

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, ME
Applicant Contact
Erin Barkasy
Accepts J-1 Visas

Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory is immediately seeking Computational Scientist (Associate/Full/Senior/Principal) 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.

Computational Scientists participate in a collaborative bioinformatics program aligned with institutional strategy and direction, and make leading contributions to the cutting-edge projects at The Jackson Laboratory.

Level of position will be determined by the incumbents years of bioinformatics research experience, educational background and leadership experience. Characteristic distinction from Application Computational Scientist to Principal 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 competency to provide project and grant application leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

Collaborate with the research faculty & genetic resource scientists on projects of wide-ranging complexity across a diverse array of biomedical disciplines (such as cancer biology, aging, immunology, infectious diseases, metabolomics, neural disorders, muscular disorders, stem cell and developmental biology, and statistical genetics & biostatistics)
Work with JAX Mice & Services staff to meet the analytical needs of clients and partners
Sustain collaborations with the research faculty and staff on both the Farmington, Connecticut and Bar Harbor, Maine campuses; and visit the Sacramento, California facility on a regular basis
Working effectively in a team environment with individuals with varying levels of experience
Contribute to the drafting of manuscripts and grants


PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biostatistics or any relevant area
Proven track record of omics data analysis, statistical genetics & biostatistics, independent collaborative work, and leading contributions to a biological discipline is preferred
An In-depth knowledge of, and prior experience with, High Throughput Sequence (HTS) data analysis (DNA Seq, mRNA Seq, ChIP Seq, micro RNA Seq etc), 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
Experience in statistical packages (e.g. R/SAS) and other commonly used software packages such as DAVID and IPA is preferred
Must have experience in bioinformatics research and demonstrated aptitude and capacity for developing bioinformatics expertise in the niche areas of biological sciences and relevant translational research (especially cancer biology, immunology, precision genetics and statistical genetics)
Demonstrated experience managing projects and collaborations is key
Prior successes in and desire to contribute to team projects on an ongoing basis is a must
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present results to the JAX community, conferences, and workshops
Must be continuous learners and proactive creative contributors eager to learn new technologies and science

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. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine; JAXWest, a facility in Sacramento, Calif.; and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), a genomic medicine facility in Farmington, Conn., that is enabling the Laboratory to translate its fundamental science into the clinic.

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. 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 JAXs 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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