Systems Analyst

Bar Harbor, Maine (US)
Competitive salary + benefits, generous retirement savings plan, relocation bonus
August 31 2018
Position Type
Full Time
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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 ( 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 and hands-on experience in High Performance Computing (HPC) environments, scientific data management, and laboratory information systems, as well as experience working collaboratively with researchers and Information Technology.


  • 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.
  • Help integrate IT resources with laboratory equipment, such as DNA sequencers, microscopes and other imaging devices.
  • Develop appropriate computational strategies to acquire, store, process, and analyze sequencing and imaging data.
  • Install and update scientific applications in the Research IT environment, including but not limited to relevant HPC clusters and their associated batch scheduling systems, such as SGE or PBS.
  • 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.
  • Develop and deliver training programs, tutorials, and workshops for scientists on the optimal use of IT resources in their research projects.
  • 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.
  • Assist in preparation for submitting grant proposals.


  • PhD in life/natural sciences with 3 years’ experience, or Master’s degree in life/natural sciences with 5 years’ experience at a research-focused organization.
  • Research background with hands-on experience on a broad spectrum of data collection, management, processing, and analysis tools, such as Omero, Matlab, Illumina, PacBio, and Oxford Nanopore.
  • Proficient in large dataset analysis in biology, biomedical informatics, Pharma, or clinical research.
  • Strong technical knowledge of research computing system architecture, hardware components, and software stack.
  • Expertise with Unix/Linux systems, shell scripting, C/C++ programming, Python/Perl, and other relevant tools.
  • Experience with building, installing, configuring and supporting a wide range of commercial, open-source, and in-house developed scientific applications such as Matlab, R, STATA, MySQL.
  • Familiar with Cloud computing, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Experience with parallel programing (OpenMP, MPI), application and algorithm development for heterogeneous parallel computing environments including multicore systems, and systems with GPGPUs.

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