Scientific Data Analyst / Architect

The Jackson Laboratory fo Genomic Medicine
Job Location
10 Discovery Drive
Farmington, CT 06030
Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is seeking a Scientific Data Analyst/Architect to design and implement data focused solutions in support of the laboratory scientific and research initiatives. This individual will be responsible for the design and implementation of logical and physical data models, data structures, and data management solutions, in support of standard scientific data lifecycle. In addition, this position will assure that adopted data models enable the integration and exchange of scientific and research data between custom and commercial laboratory informatics solutions that are both internal and external to the organization.


  • Implement data architecture best practices. Communicate with scientists to answer questions, troubleshoot problems and develop appropriate strategies to store, access, share, and curate datasets.
  • Determine optimal storage environments and retention policies for scientific data; advise and collaborate with IT infrastructure colleagues in implementing, tuning and monitoring systems supporting scientific data lifecycle.
  • Integrate scientific data lifecycle resources with laboratory equipment, such as DNA sequencers and microscopes.
  • Acquire and update data from internal or web resources (TCGA, UCSC Genome Browser, 1000Genomes, dbGaP, etc.), document system changes, write and maintain documentation for end users.
  • Lead Research IT efforts in designing and implementing integrations between enterprise scientific applications and laboratory informatics systems such as LIMS, SDMS and ELN.



  • The ideal candidate will have a PhD in life/natural sciences with at least 3 years’ experience in genomic technologies, or an equivalent combination of proven education, training, knowledge, and/or experience at a research-intensive organization.
  • Expertise with Unix/Linux systems, shell scripting, C/C++ programming, Python/Perl, and other relevant tools.
  • Genomics background; hands-on experience with a broad spectrum of genomics and bioinformatics applications and next-generation sequence data collection, processing, and analysis.
  • Proficient with design and use of modern relational/non-relational databases
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Able to work independently, and as part of a team.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with researchers at all levels.
About Our Organization

The Jackson Laboratory ( is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center with more than 1,700 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Founded in 1929, the Laboratory applies its eight decades of expertise in genetics to increase understanding of human disease, advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease.  It models and interprets genomic complexity, integrates basic research with clinical application, educates current and future scientists, and empowers the global biomedical community by providing critical data, tools and services. 

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