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Application Scientist International Operations-24 Month Parental Leave Substitution

  • Penzberg, Bavaria DE, Germany, 82377
  • Full Time
Position Summary

This position is part of the FMI Team Penzberg, which currently consists of approx. 60 employees from various functions. Our mission is the preparation, sequencing and analysis of tissue and blood samples from cancer patients to produce a report that supports the personalized treatment of the patient. The start-up mentality and a high degree of team spirit distinguish us, which is reflected in fast decision making, mutual support and a high degree of trust. Many joint team events do not neglect fun and good food. For four years we have been making a real contribution to the lives of many patients worldwide. In order to continue to do this successfully and to enlarge our international footprint, we are seeking to add an Application Scientist for International Operations to the International Operations Team in Penzberg, Germany.

What the job is about

  • Transfer FMI wet-lab technology to international collaboration partners
  • Preparation and maintenance of training material (SOP, training logs, presentations) in full alignment with FMI’s most up-to-date standard protocols
  • Conduction of on-site training at partner sites including hands-on training, and support writing detailed, accurate, and accessible experimental plans
  • Work cross functionally at FMI with a special focus on Quality Assurance to support process qualification and process performance qualification at partner sites
  • Coordination and conduction of concordance studies between partner sites and FMI collaborating with both QA and Lab Operations
  • Compiling data and support summarizing results of validation and concordance study
  • Foster FMIs collaboration with external partner sites and present as reliable point of contact within FMI International Operations team
  • Position requires ability to travel internationally (up to 20%)

Your qualifications

  • You hold a Masters’ degree in Molecular Biology or in a related field
  • You have a background in cancer biology and basic experience in Quality Assurance
  • You have understanding of laboratory techniques especially hands-on experience with NGS and associated methodologies including DNA-seq and RNA-seq protocols, and various target-enrichment approaches (e.g. multiplex-PCR, hybrid selection)
  • Working with typical oncology specimens (e.g. FFPE, Blood, Bone Marrow) is familiar to you
  • You are experienced in the validation and implementation of ISO 15189-certified tests including writing SOPs and validation plans/reports
  • You have a demonstrated scientific background and capability to conduct and coordinate validation studies and summarizing data for internal and external presentations.
  • Last but not least you have good communication skills and the capability to establish strong relationships to FMI internal and external stakeholders

Development opportunities and benefits

  • You can expect a high degree of independence and a flexible working environment
  • We stand for sincere and trust-based interaction with each other
  • Your personal and professional development is very important to us
  • All the advantages of a familiar work environment while being embedded in a large, global company




Foundation Medicine is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, or national origin. Further, qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also FMI’s EEO Statement and EEO is the Law and Supplement. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.  (EOE/AAP Employer)

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