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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.


Molecular Technician, (1st Shift, Sun-Thurs)

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Molecular Technician is responsible for solution and reagent preparation, equipment maintenance, monitoring and tracking equipment and run cycle times, maintaining materials stocks in the labs, organizing process document management, and supporting Molecular Technologists in performing the assays. The Molecular Technician may also perform all aspects of complex patient sample testing under direct supervision. This role works one of three established shifts and may be assigned to work any day that the lab is operational.

This is a regulated position and additional information may be available from QA on the qualifications for this role pertaining to regulatory guidelines.

Regular onsite work at a designated FMI location is an essential function of this role. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Performing daily, weekly, monthly, and as needed equipment maintenance checks.
  • Maintain “Work In Progress” charts, spreadsheets, run-cycle times, and other documents.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of labs.
  • Communicate inventory of supply and reagent needs.
  • Support organization and filing of process batch records/tracking forms.
  • Prepare reagents and labware for lab processes supporting Nucleic Acid Extraction, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) library prep, hybrid capture, and sequencing.
  • Under direct supervision of senior lab personnel and in adherence to established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):
    • Operate quantification, sizing, and NGS instruments.
    • Perform patient sample testing in a manner that adheres.
    • Operate automated 8-span and 96-head liquid handling platforms.
  • Review SOPs at set intervals and sign-off to document knowledge of these procedures.
  • Adhere to safety protocols, such as wearing laboratory coats and required safety gear.
  • Collaborate on standard operating procedures revisions/drafts as needed to adjust for process improvement initiatives and regulatory changes.
  • Participate in additional continuous quality improvement activities. Be involved in investigations for non-compliance events via Non-Conformance Report (NCRs), Corrective Action/Preventative Action (CAPAs) and other reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or life science (per NYSDOH regulatory requirements)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Quality System Regulations (QSR) compliant laboratory experience
  • Knowledgeable about ensuring and maintaining integrity and quality of the laboratory in the areas of sample processing, equipment maintenance and SOPs
  • Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite, most specifically Excel and Power Point
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols
  • Excellent skills of written communication, oral communication, collaboration, and problem solving with other departments and colleagues
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated integrity and a commitment to values held at FMI: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion
  • Ability to:
    • Work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor both as an individual contributor and in a team
    • Prioritize and thoroughly follow up on assigned tasks
    • Handle multiple tasks at once and work in a fast-paced environment
    • Adapt to changing procedures, policies and work environment
    • Work in the presence of chemicals, reagents, and potentially infectious material in a highly complex, regulated laboratory environment
    • Perform work standing, bending, and lifting objects of up to 50 pounds
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of privacy of patient data
  • Demonstrated commitment to FMI Values: Patients, Passion, Collaboration and Innovation.

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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