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Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Senior Bioinformatics Scientist will work 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.

The Senior Bioinformatics Scientist is on the Computational Biology team and provides bioinformatics, data science, statistical expertise, and leadership to enrich the analytical capabilities of existing products, as well as to design and build lab protocols and computational analyses for new products.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work within an interdisciplinary team of computational biologists, data scientists, molecular biologists, software engineers, and scientific leaders focused on developing diagnostic products using massively parallel sequencing of DNA or RNA from liquid biopsy samples.
  • Lead development of algorithms and new computational methods with a focus on cancer detection, response monitoring, detection of minimal residual disease, and related applications.
  • Enhance and optimize existing methods, improving assay capabilities and technical robustness.
  • Build methods and tools to analyze large genomic datasets with machine learning techniques on cloud computing platforms.
  • Perform or oversee collaborative software development and validation efforts.
  • Process, analyze, and interpret high volumes of data for the development and validation of regulated diagnostic products. 
  • Present scientific and technical data to colleagues in a clear and cohesive manner.
  • Work independently and prepare timetables, deliverables, and project schedules.
  • Represent the computational biology group in cross-functional projects.
  • Mentor junior colleagues and collaborate with project teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Data Science, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • 3+ years working in NGS based diagnostics or genomics research.
  • Academic or professional study/work with molecular biology and/or genomics.
  • Familiar with one or more of the following programming and scripting languages: Python (preferred), R, or Java.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Data Science, Computer Science, or a related field
  • Strong understanding of molecular biology and genomics
  • Experience:
  • developing algorithms for analysis of biological data
  • with next-generation (NGS) sequencing data, especially DNA methylation sequencing
  • with data science best practices and tools, including pandas, jupyter, AWS cloud computing, and machine learning techniques
  • interfacing with bench scientists to aid in experimental design and bioinformatics data analysis.
  • leading collaborative projects
  • developing regulated diagnostic products
  • Excellent teamwork, time management, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced, dynamic, and results oriented environment present data to a multidisciplinary audience in a clear and cohesive manner
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy
  • Commitment to reflect FMI's values: passion, patients, innovation, and collaboration


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.

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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