Computational Scientist (Associate/Full)

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Farmington, CT

Job posting number: #7071451 (Ref:JAX28082)

Posted: October 28, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


A Computational Scientist position is open in the Banchereau lab at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. The selected scientist will work closely with all the members of the Banchereau lab on projects of wide-ranging complexity related to the human immune system including cancer immunotherapy, aging, autoimmunity, and vaccine responses. The lab is heavily using multi-omics approaches including Long-read sequencing to study splice isoforms and scRNAseq.


The tasks are varied and include, but are not limited to, analyzing data, managing the 250 TB database, and helping lab members (interns, post-doctoral fellows, scientists) with research papers and grant writing. Successful candidates will have in-depth knowledge and experience in High Throughput Sequence (HTS) data analysis (DNA Seq, mRNA Seq), familiarity with High Performance Computing (HPC) environments, and job scheduling systems (Slurm) for conducting experimental design, data analysis, data integration, algorithm development, development of sequence analysis tools (bioinformatics programming), evaluation of analytical tools and technology, and delivering training to the new lab members.


The ideal candidate is a continuous learner, self-starter, proactive contributor, and highly motivated by contributing to the betterment of human health. They are expected to have an increased ability to work independently, critically analyze data, and to provide expert reasoning. The candidate is expected to provide leadership in grant applications as Co-Investigator or Bioinformatics Analyst in a significant scientific program. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of “omics” data analysis, preferably, in the field of immunology.


This position is based in Farmington, CT which is located between Boston and New York. The candidate will work in an exciting and dynamic environment, with numerous opportunities to interact with other experts in the Computational Sciences, Information Technology, Genomic Technologies, and Single Cell departments at The Jackson Laboratory.


  • Carry out Computational analysis of omics data, algorithm implementation as well as bioinformatics programming, expert reasoning, and leadership for the projects of the Banchereau lab. Evaluate data for quality assurance and mining bioinformatics databases.
  • Ensures the data quality of the Banchereau lab
  • Provide leading contributions to grant applications, mentoring/supervising lab interns and assisting other lab members.


  • Associate level: PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biostatistics or related field. Candidates who are near the completion of their PhD can also apply. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in Bioinformatics research, excluding time spent to obtain PhD.
  • Full level: PhD is required with a concentration in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biostatistics or related field. Minimum of five (5) years of experience in Bioinformatics research, excluding time spent to obtain PhD
  • Successful demonstration of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate experience in managing projects, mentoring lab members, and managing collaborations.
  • Prior successes in and desire to contribute to team projects is expected.


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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Job posting number:#7071451 (Ref:JAX28082)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
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