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Every patient sample is a story.

That's why our Lab Ops team is focused on providing physicians with comprehensive genomic information about each person's cancer. Information that's as unique as the patients are. The insights discovered in our labs may help change their story.


Histopathology Operations Specialist I , (Tues-Sat, 1st Shift)

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Histopathology Operations Specialist I is a core member of the Laboratory Operations Team. This
position supports members of the Upstream Laboratory and Pathology functional areas through
specimen and data stewardship, data entry, equipment maintenance, and process troubleshooting.
Histopathology Operations Specialists may be assigned to work any day the lab is operational.

Key Responsibilities:

• Perform real time technical support to the pathologists, including but not limited to specimen
quality assessments and measurements.
• Maintain proper documentation including appropriate specimen handling, labeling, and quality
control measures.
• Perform specimen and data stewardship to ensure specimen integrity and testing continuity.
• Escalate specimen and data inquiries as required.

• Perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment as necessary.
• Perform routine scanning of stained slides with digital scanners.
• Follow instructions defined in Standard Operating Procedures.
• Maintain attention to detail for quality completion of each task.
• Assist in attributing and debulking clinical and research study patient specimens.
• Be familiar with Good Documentation Practices (GDP) for all area forms.
• Perform tasks for projects under guidance of senior lab employees and pathologists.
• Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications
• High school diploma or equivalent (General Education Degree) and 3 years of experience in
logistics, science, technology or another regulated field.
• OR Associates Degree in biological, life, or laboratory sciences and 2 years of experience in
logistics, science, technology or another regulated field.
• OR Bachelor’s degree in biological or life sciences.

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in biological or life sciences.
• Previous experience:
• Handling and communicating important information, particularly scientific or technical
• Closely following verbal and written instructions and operation procedures.
• Working within a CLIA or CAP-Certified laboratory.
• Familiarity with Anatomy and Physiology, Cancer Biology, Human Biology and/or medical
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Familiarity with Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
• Strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication, collaboration, and problem
• Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with other departments and colleagues.
• History of demonstrated ability to work independently and work in teams.
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.
• Ability to follow written and verbal instruction, particularly with scientific or technical information.
• Ability to work in a laboratory environment, in the presence of chemicals and reagents
• Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data.
• Dedication to continuous improvement and quality.
• Commitment to FMI values: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion.

About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine 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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