Systems Engineer - Cloud

The Jackson Laboratory

Bar Harbor, ME

Job posting number: #7085815

Posted: September 21, 2021

Job Description

Two locations:
- Bar Harbor, Maine
- Farmington, Connecticut


As a full time System Engineer focusing on cloud computing at The Jackson Laboratory, you'll be part of an organization whose IT technology is as exciting and progressive as our science. We are currently looking for motivated individuals who will work with our computational scientists, system administrators, and other IT staff to design, configure, and implement efficient research computing systems in support of scientific research functions and processes.


Participate in technical research and development to allow for continuing innovation within the JAX IT organization, including recommendations for hardware and software acquisition.
Ensure that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to JAX’s organizational values and IT goals.
Support the operations of the following systems: Unix/Linux servers (ex: RHEL, CentOS, Rocky Linux, etc.), Microsoft Windows, private / public cloud platform services, and support SAN and NAS storage
Support the Research IT group in engineering, provisioning, operations, maintenance, and research/development to ensure continual innovation, including software applications, tools, and cloud products that fall into the research computing domain.
Install upgrades and patches for software and hardware/firmware, and configure these systems to conform to IT best practices and industry standards.
Follow operations processes and documentation; provide documentation/project tracking and management reporting.
Provide tactical and strategic input on overall systems planning and related projects.
Research and evaluate new products and services for applicability to in-house needs. Stays current with new trends in processes and procedures.

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field with at least 7 years experience in a Systems Administration or Systems Engineering role. Other means of acquiring this knowledge may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Extensive experience with the design and implementation of systems in commercial cloud computing providers (AWS and/or GCP experience preferred).
Familiarity with, and experience working in a dynamic research/academic environment.
Expertise with Linux and Windows systems (technical certifications strongly preferred), shell scripting (Bash/Powershell), and other relevant tools.
Demonstrated experience with hardware and data center operations, including storage solutions such as Isilon, and other leading research and enterprise storage vendors and technologies.
Able to work independently, and as part of a team
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Sense of urgency to solve problems in a timely manner.
Technical authority in area of specialty on assigned projects.
Develop and maintain effective working relationship with scientists at all levels.
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
Available for on-call and non-business hours work to support business 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 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.

We are an equal opportunity, affirmative employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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