Scientific Software Engineer II / III

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Job Location: 
Farmington, CT
Job Description: 

The Computational Sciences (CS) group at The Jackson Laboratory is recruiting a full-time Scientific Software Engineer (II or III) to work at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine facility in Farmington, Connecticut. This position works closely with scientists and other members of the CS team to develop software systems to support clinical genomics and research science. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Computational Sciences but interacts with technical team leads for daily work assignments.


The successful candidate will be comfortable working in an agile software development environment in which daily communication, interaction, and sharing of ideas with peers and clients are essential for success.

The position requires a highly skilled software engineer. The successful incumbent will thrive in a rapidly changing technology landscape in which it is required to learn new technologies to solve current scientific problems on the job without formal training. The incumbent will have working familiarity with a majority of the following technologies: Java, JSF, HTML 5, JavaScript, XML/JSON, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and associated frameworks and libraries such as Java RichFaces, and D3. Experience interacting with API’s to various biological tools such as Biomart, Intermine, and Galaxy would be considered a plus. Prior experience in web and user interface development is required

This position requires a high level of interest in genomics science and desire to learn about the science beyond what might be strictly necessary to write the program code. A passing grade in basic human genetics and/or attending genetics I and II classes provided by The Jackson Laboratory is required.

The incumbent must have between 3 - 5 years’ experience and a BS degree in computer science or bioinformatics, or significant prior work experience in writing programs for scientific research to offset the lack of degree. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Contact Information: 

All interested individuals should apply on-line at, Career Opportunities, referring to job requisition #3978. Applications should include a Cover Letter and CV. When candidates are otherwise equally qualified, JAX will give preference to the Connecticut resident. The Jackson Laboratory is an EOE/AA employer.

About Our Organization: 

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. We employ more than 200 Ph.D. scientists and a total of more than 1,400 employees. In 2011 and 2012, researchers voted The Jackson Laboratory among the world’s top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in a poll conducted by The Scientist, a magazine for people working in the life sciences. The Laboratory draws on an 83-year reputation for excellence in mammalian genetics, built on the groundbreaking discoveries of its own researchers and on the development and global distribution of the most diverse collection of genetically unique mouse strains in the world. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute – designated cancer center. Our research covers a broad range of genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, and conditions related to reproduction, development and aging. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.