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Principal Software Engineer

  • 400 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Principal Software Engineer works as part of a new product team, focused on improving blood-based cancer diagnostic capabilities in areas such as cancer detection, minimum residual disease, and other related applications. This team is comprised of talent from across the Roche ecosystem, including Roche Diagnostics, Roche Pharma and Foundation Medicine, operating as a single unit.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help define and participate in software development processes that leverage best practice and support continuous product delivery.
  • Create custom programs and applications as designated by business need.
  • Write, test, and refactor code that is reusable, testable, efficient, well architected, and well commented.
  • Define and document architecture and formal technical specifications based upon information provided.
  • Maintain efforts for product or platform to be resilient, cloud-native, secure, and scalable.
  • Collaborate with team members to deliver complex production-ready projects.
  • Ensure code adheres to patterns and any established standards.
  • Participate in regular peer design and code reviews.
  • Integrate and deploy code using provisioning tools, release tools, and continuous Integration CI/Continuous Delivery CD pipeline.
  • Debug highly complex problems escalated by other team members.
  • Engineer installation qualifications and operational qualifications.
  • Conform to coding conventions and all aspects of the software development life cycle.
  • Deliver contributions in an Agile approach and leveraging Agile methodology.
  • Provide end-to-end responsibility on projects of increasing complexity
  • Provide fully independent contributions.
  • Advocate for appropriate solutions with multiple stakeholders.
  • Participate in, and periodically lead, scrum ceremonies.
  • Mentor and coach team members, and participate in hiring as needed.
  • Assume ownership of the technical scope and business domain of the team.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree AND 7+ years of professional software engineering experience; OR
  • 11+ years of professional software engineering experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and/or Advanced Degree in software engineering, programming, computer science or related field
  • 5+ years of software engineering experience
  • 3+ years of experience working with Amazon Web Services or similar cloud platform
  • 5+ years of experience in one of the following: NodeJS, C#, Java
  • Experience building and delivering Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) solutions for applications built on .NET or ReactJs platform
  • Experience with REST API development and Writing unit tests
  • Demonstrated history of successfully managing multiple concurrent initiatives and maintaining one’s own workflow
  • Demonstrated ability to work under regulated environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include excellent skill in collaboration and problem solving with other departments and colleagues
  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data
  • Commitment to FMI values: Patients, Innovation, Collaboration, and Passion


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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