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Automation Engineering Intern (Undergraduate)

Boston | Massachusetts | 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. 

The FMI Internship Program is offered to students currently registered in a degree program. It is a 10-12 week summer commitment, Full Time, 40 hours/week. Interns will gain a greater understanding of FMI through challenging project based work, Lunch & Learns with company executives, and the chance to connect with all employees by attending many other company-wide events. 

About The Job

The Intern, Automation Engineer works with the Automation Engineering team to ensure that the introduction of new or modified automated protocols are robust, efficient, and cost-effective. The Intern works directly with laboratory automation, understands key parameters on liquid handling robots, and assists the Automation team in establishing best practices. The Intern works in a regulated laboratory and gains exposure to change control processes, Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ), and controlled documentation.  

Foundation Medicine is unable to consider candidates that will require visa sponsorship now, or in the future, for this specific role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Execute experiments and collect data to enhance existing automated workflows and develop new workflows.
  • Participate in cross-team projects supporting enhancements to existing and newly developed automated laboratory assay workflows.
  • Contribute to statistical data analysis of instrument and assay performance.
  • Employ engineering economic analysis for development and improvement of automated sample processing pipelines.
  • Adhere to FMI’s internal quality and regulatory policies as well as to Good Documentation Practices (GDP).
  • Other duties pertinent to automation engineering as assigned.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

  • Rising junior or senior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in bioengineering, engineering, biotechnology, or a life science or related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic or professional experience with:
    • drafting, editing and executing technical documentation, including but not limited to change controls, qualification documents, and Standard Operating Procedures.
    • lab automation instrumentation and equipment in bioprocess, fabrication, manufacturing, or other industries with high quality standards.
    • procurement of data and data analysis.
  • Exposure or experience working in a regulation-adherent environment (such as environments adherent to FDA, QSR, EU, CLIA, CAP, GxP, and/or ISO regulations).
  • Proficient in writing code in at least one language.
  • Self-motivated, enjoys collaborating on a team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent prioritization and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently with minimal supervision and in a team to successfully meet scheduling and quality requirements.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment in the presence of chemicals and reagents.
  • Commitment to reflect FMI’s values of Patients, Passion, Collaboration, and Innovation.

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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