IT Architect

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine


Job posting number: #7075048 (Ref:JAX28361)

Posted: February 12, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Information Technology department at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is seeking an experienced IT Architect/Senior Architect to join their team. Reporting to the Director of Information Technology, the IT Architect is responsible for the architectural design, development, and deployment of the enterprise's overall IT systems. The Architect defines IT system solutions based on customer needs, cost, and required integration with existing applications, systems, or platforms. They assure alignment with upstream and downstream elements of the domain and enterprise architecture and will serve as a visionary that leads the investment analysis in technologies that support JAX’s mission.


The Architect keeps up to date on new hardware and software technology, and tests how these tools can improve systems performance, incorporating security practices and policies into the design. Candidates with SAFe Architect certification and/or experience in a broad range of application suites including at least one from each category of Web, ERP, CRM, Integration or API Management tools are highly desired, and will be responsible for sharing their knowledge with all members of the IT Team.


The Architect will be expected to work independently, collaborate with other team members in the technical and operational teams, interact with vendors, and partner with individuals across IT. The incumbent also interacts regularly with management and staff outside the IT department.


What distinguishes the Architect from the Senior Architect is the level of supervision required, independent judgment used, complexity of projects, proficiency in problem solving, impact of errors, wider range of experience, education, background and specialized knowledge. The Senior IT Architect must be exceptionally persuasive to overcome objections and challenges to achieve the desired result.


  • Design, development, and deploy enterprise systems.
  • Analyze business drivers to determine corresponding change requirements.
  • Analyze the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement.
  • Incorporate information security when designing systems.
  • Conduct research and develop, document, and communicate plans for investing in systems architecture, including analysis of cost reduction opportunities.
  • Develop a roadmap for future systems planning.
  • Facilitate the migration to the new architecture in a way that enables and supports the strategic plan.
  • Document all solution architecture design and analysis work. Advocate for the architecture process, its outcome and ongoing results. Identify the organizational impact (on skills, processes, structures, culture) and financial impact of the design implementations.
  • Provide training, architectural expertise, direction, and assistance to Systems Administrators, Systems Engineers, other Architects, and software development teams.
  • Work closely with IT and non-IT stakeholders to evolve the domain architectures.
  • Identify required architecture components and/or frameworks. Prioritize architecture deliverables, and establish short-term, mid-term and long-range architecture plans. Bridge between tactical implementations and strategic architectural direction.
  • Work with IT Managers to set standards (development methodology, technology implementation and code).
  • Lead architect forums involving technical resources from across the departments.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, systems analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience. Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience preferred.
  • 8+ years of IT experience developing and designing software.
  • Broad knowledge and awareness across all architecture domains (business, application, information, integration, platform, network, security, systems management).
  • Thorough knowledge of Systems Architecture, Data Architecture, and Enterprise Integration concepts and practices.
  • Experience in working in a regulated environment with computer systems validation.
  • Thorough knowledge of object-oriented concepts, practices, techniques; Java; J2EE, software usability. Working knowledge of relational data base management systems.
  • Ability to influence within all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to mentor and coach others and a positive team player.
  • Demonstrated vendor management experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage and monitor multiple efforts to successful completion, adapting to shifting priorities in a high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent initiative and ability to use independent judgment to make decisions regarding operations and deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to balance the long-term and short-term implications of individual decisions.
  • Ability to translate business needs into solution architecture requirements.
  • With support, ability to estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives to estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives.
  • Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to business problems.
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
  • Willingness to be on-call during new product releases and for Tier 3 support, as needed.
  • Ability to travel to Bar Harbor, ME, and Farmington, CT campuses periodically, with advance notice.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, 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.

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 including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, 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.

Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.

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:#7075048 (Ref:JAX28361)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
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