Systems Analyst


Systems Analyst

Do you crave the excitement of a start-up company, coupled with the resources and support of an established and well-respected organization? The Jackson Laboratory (http://www. jax. org) 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 ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of scientific data management and processing. Preference will be given to candidates with hands-on experience in High Performance Computing (HPC) environments, laboratory information systems, and working collaboratively with researchers and Information Technology.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Based on the scientific needs of faculty and research staff, identify and recommend innovative solutions and integrated proposals for server, storage, and network systems; including hardware and software acquisition, installation and administration.
  • Research and evaluate new products and services for applicability to in-house needs. Stay current with new trends and emerging information technologies and informatics tools; advocate for and lead the adoption of these technologies at JAX.
  • Develop appropriate computational strategies to acquire, store, process, and analyze imaging and/or sequencing data.
  • Develop and deliver training programs, tutorials, and workshops for scientists on the optimal use of IT resources in their research projects.
  • Install and update scientific applications in the Research IT environment, including but not limited to relevant HPC clusters.
  • Investigate application issues and document findings. Communicate with scientists to answer questions and troubleshoot problems; provide guidance, support, and advice on Research IT systems.
  • Provide technical support internally and to external vendors, including problem resolution for complex systems and storage solutions.
  • Benchmark application and workflow performance and determine areas for improved efficiencies.
  • Assist in preparation for submitting grant proposals.


  • A positive attitudeand the ability to perform successfully in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to develop, recommend and execute solutions to complex problems often under time constraints.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with scientists at all levels.
  • Complete projects successfully and on time in the context of an Agile project management environment.
  • Technical authority in area of specialty on assigned projects.
  • Excellent communication (verbal/written) and presentation skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in life/natural sciences or Master s degree in life/natural sciences with 3 years experience at a research-focused organization or equivalent.
  • Proficient in computational dataset analysis in biology, biomedical informatics, Pharma, or clinical research.
  • Technical knowledge of research computing system architecture, hardware components, and software stack.
  • Expertise with Unix/Linux systems, shell scripting, Python, R, and other relevant tools.
  • Familiar with Cloud computing, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.

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