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Director, Assay Development

  • Second Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Director, Assay Development leads the development of new assays in collaboration with the cross-functional team. This position is responsible for overseeing a team of scientists in the development activities of high-throughput complex Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based workflows and for ensuring effective and scalable end-to-end clinical lab workflows. The role contributes to continuous improvement initiatives for FMI’s assay platform and supports collaboration with external partners.


Key Responsibilities

• Lead the scientific team responsible for the early- through late-stage development and optimization of highly complex NGS workflows.

• Partner with the team in prioritizing areas of focus to support FMI’s long-term strategy, present, and near future objectives.

• Manage and delegate tasks within the department.

• Design, coordinate and evaluate projects pertinent to the assay development function.

• Maintain budgetary and operational management of assay development for projects.

• Collaborate with Franchise development lead, operations, technology, and product manager to define target product profile, operational specifications, and to demonstrate that the assay workflow meets these requirements.

  • Manage multiple concurrent initiatives and maintaining one’s own workflow
  • Execute development programs that lead to long-term, sustainable success of multiple products

• Supervise a team of senior scientific staff  and conduct performance reviews, development activities, and hiring.

• Partner collaboratively with Research and Early Development and Computational Biology teams to initiate the development of new assays and/or workflows.

• Proactively establish and grow cross-functional collaboration and partnerships.

• Present results at meetings, with external collaborators, and for senior leadership.

• Lead multiple concurrent projects both independently and collaboratively.

• Maintain a library of department- and site-specific documents pertinent to assay development and the site.

• Other duties as assigned.



Basic Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Cancer Genomics, or related field

• 10+ years working in industry and/or academia in a laboratory setting

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or Cancer Genetics, or related field

• 10+ years of working experience in industry

• Extensive experience with molecular biology techniques and an understanding of the practices and principals of NGS, including DNA-seq and target-enrichment

• Management experience, including the ability to recruit, lead and develop a multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists, engineers, and data scientists

• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to work across functions and within external collaborations

• Demonstrated history of organizing and communicating complex data sets in a clear and concise manner to cross-functional audiences and key stakeholders

• Utilizing robotic liquid handlers, lab automation and instrumentation for implementation of complex and high-throughput assays

•  Demonstrated history of successfully managing multiple concurrent initiatives

• Experience developing and overseeing the execution of development programs that have led to long-term, sustainable success of multiple products

• Experience performing development activities under design control and working within a regulated environment (FDA, CAP, CLIA)

• Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic fast paced 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

• Ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor

• Excellent organization and attention to detail

• Commitment to reflect FMI's values: passion, patients, innovation, and collaboration


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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