Systems Analyst II - Cloud

at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Job Description


As a Systems Analyst at The Jackson Laboratory, you will be part of an organization whose IT technologies are as exciting and progressive as our science. We are currently looking for motivated individuals who will work with our faculty, researchers, computational scientists, research software engineers, system administrators, and other Research IT staff to plan, design and launch efficient cloud systems in support of scientific research functions and processes. This includes gathering data and documenting processes and requirements to help maximize Research IT systems investments.


A successful Systems Analyst candidate will have expertise and experience with commercial cloud computing platforms, including AWS, GCP, and Azure.



Based on the scientific needs of the community, identify and recommend innovative solutions, and integrated proposals for server, storage, and network systems, including hardware and software acquisition, installation and administration.

Install and update scientific and research applications in JAX compute environment, document system changes, write and maintain documentation for end users.

Investigate application issues, document findings: communicate with scientists to answer questions, troubleshoot problems, and develop appropriate computational strategies to process and analyze their data.

Benchmark application, pipelines, and workflow performance, and determine areas for improved efficiencies.

Create system design proposals: Stay current with new trends and emerging information technologies and informatics tools, advocate for and lead the adoption of these technologies at JAX. Provide guidance, support, training, and advice in Research IT systems to JAX scientists. Develop and deliver training programs, tutorials, and workshops for scientists on the optimal use of Research IT resources in their research projects. Research and evaluate new products and services for applicability to in-house needs. Assist in preparation for submitting grant proposals. Consult and collaborate with system administrator coworkers to determine best system configurations for applications. Provide technical support internally and to external vendors including problem resolution for complex systems and cloud solutions. Help integrate Research IT resources with laboratory equipment, such as DNA sequencers and microscopes. Set up and maintain research computing resources such as compute clusters and their associated batch scheduling systems.



Ph.D. with 3 years experience or Master's degree with 5 years' experience in relevant area of data processing and analysis.

Life sciences research background; hands-on experience with a broad spectrum of biological data collection, processing, and analysis (for example: genomics, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, microscopy, imaging).

Ability to develop, recommend and execute solutions to complex problems often under time constraints

Expertise with Unix/Linux systems, shell scripting, scientific and research applications, Python/Perl and other relevant tools.

Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.


Other skills:

A positive attitude and the ability to perform successfully in a fast-paced environment

Able to work independently, and as part of a team.

Develop and maintain effective working relationship with scientists at all levels

Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects at the same time and complete projects successfully and on-time

Advanced interpersonal skills sufficient for developing complex, dynamic relationship with a diverse variety of individuals representing a broad cross section of cultures, disciplines and levels of sophistication

Work closely with scientists to ensure that applications and Research IT services are current, appropriate and sufficient to serve their needs.


About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 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.

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... For full info follow application link.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Job Posting: 590211

Posted On: Aug 09, 2021

Updated On: Nov 07, 2021