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Associate Director, Molecular Sciences

San Diego | California | United States

ABOUT FOUNDATION MEDICINE

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) 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. 

ABOUT THE JOB

The Associate Director, Molecular Sciences is part of the Research and Development department and leads systematic reviews of new technologies and biomarker candidates as well as assigned projects to addressing unmet needs in the oncology field. The position manages the daily aspects of these projects, designs and executes experiments, and communicates on a regular basis the progress of each assigned project. The Associate Director leverages advanced experience in making plans and judgements on scientific areas of significance to the company. This position may manage one or more direct reports, up to a small team of Research Associates.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Draft experimental plans and design proposals on how to asses new, exploratory biomarker concepts and technologies in the oncology field from literatures spanning preclinical and clinical research in genetic, epigenetics, molecular, cellular, imaging and digital phenotyping.
  • Devise and execute experiments to support projects from research to early development.
  • Direct assigned departmental teams and provide individual direction to team members.
  • Partner with the team in identifying project risks, progress, results, and next steps.
  • Report on project risks, progress and results to stakeholders including upper management and executives.
  • Represent departmental and company interests in internal and external communication.
  • Facilitate the coordination of all inter- and intra-departmental inquiry responses for a time-sensitive workflow that delivers best practice Research and Early Development.
  • Design and implement research and development protocols or projects.
  • Execute advanced analytical techniques to extend scientific theories into innovative research projects.
  • Utilize diverse knowledge of scientific research principles, practices and protocols in research projects.
  • Interact with lines of business in team approach to translate company strategic vision into successful Research and Early Development projects crossing multiple Departments.
  • Actively participate in FMI publications and the intellectual property filling process.
  • Develop robust assays and workflows.
  • Other projects as assigned.  

QUALIFICATIONS
Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a life science.
  • 5+ years postdoctoral research and development experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Epigenetics.
  • Prior work experience in the molecular diagnostic industry with cutting-edge applications in the oncology and cancer biology fields.
  • Extensive knowledge of molecular biology, nucleic acids, genomics, and associated laboratory technics and technologies.
  • Demonstrated strengths in experiment design, execution and data analysis.
  • Advanced knowledge of clinical laboratory and in vitro diagnostic prognostic assays,  product development, validation concepts, and practices.
  • Demonstrated history of independent and collaborative work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to work across functions and within external collaborations.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner to cross-functional audiences.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional collaborations including managing relationships with academic and industry collaborators.
  • Successful in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary, dynamic, and result-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to perform careful, detail-oriented work under deadline pressure.
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy.
  • Commitment to FMI Values: passion, patients, innovation and collaboration.

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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