Research Project Lead

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

Job Description

The Scientific Curator /Research Project Lead will be based in Bar Harbor, Maine and works with research faculty & staff scientists across JAX campuses to import a wide array of biomedical data into JAX BioConnect, and other research related platforms, for the purpose of access, display and analysis.
The incumbent works independently to transform and curate scientific data from a variety of existing internal and external sources into formats appropriate for loading databases and assist in capturing and documenting experimental methods and results. This position plays a critical role in data annotation and curation for The Cube Initiative, through diverse activities to gather, analyze, evaluate, and integrate information and analysis results using biomedical ontologies.
The Scientific Curator promotes the adoption of institutional metadata standards and helps individual laboratories and scientific services with data and metadata submission, allowing for proper tracking of relevant scientific datasets. This role also works with collaborators outside of Jackson Laboratory to support and manage the integration of externally sourced data with in-house data. Additionally, the incumbent communicates with JAX technical teams (Computational Sciences, Research IT) to share understanding of research complexities, challenges, and opportunities to continuously improve how software supports research.

Key Responsibilities
Perform and manage the organization and annotation of samples and biomedical data from internal and external sources. Perform and manage the importation of relevant data sets from external sources.
Assess, identify and address data quality or consistency issues to achieve project targets
Work with a broad range of researchers and staff to ensure appropriate metadata standards are applied for the annotation of samples and data sets from internal and external sources
Through the work above, identify opportunities for process improvement. Perform documentation of procedures, standards and metrics.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Bachelor's degree
1-2 years of Life sciences research background and hands-on experience with a broad spectrum of biological data management (for example: genomics, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, microscopy, imaging)
Project management skills and achievements as demonstrated by leadership and participation in projects and collaborations
Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects at the same time and complete projects successfully and on time
Ability to operate computer hardware and software applications that would normally be encountered in JAX operations, such as the JAXStrain database, Sharepoint, Axapta, Microsoft Excel/Pivot Tables, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, etc.
A positive attitude, self-starter and ability to perform successfully in a fast-paced environment. Sense of urgency
Able to work independently, creatively and collaboratively as part of a team.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Proven experience working in cross-functional teams, with data science teams and with stakeholders. Able to maintain effective working relationship with scientists at all levels.

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 disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 "Best Places to Work in Academia" in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!

EEO Statement:
The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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: 852874

Posted On: Nov 26, 2022

Updated On: Jan 25, 2023

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