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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 Technologist I, Tues-Sat (2nd Shift)

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Molecular Technologist I performs procedures in a complex patient sample testing process with
limited supervision. Most prominently, the position is responsible for solution and reagent
preparation, equipment maintenance, and the handling and testing of patient specimens. The
incumbent works one of three established shifts and may be assigned to work any day that the lab is

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

• Prepare the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) library.
• Under limited supervision of senior lab personnel and in adherence to established Standard
Operating Procedures (SOPs):
 Extract and isolate nucleic acids.

 Complete hybridization capture, and genetic sequencing methods.
 Operate automated 8-span and 96-head liquid handling platforms.
 Operate quantification, sizing, and NGS instruments.
 Perform any other patient and client sample testing and processing steps needed.
• Perform workflow that maintains quality, thoroughness, and optimum efficiency for Turn Around
Time (TAT).
• Utilize the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to track and execute sample
• Document executed process steps per Good Documentation Practices (GDP).
• Update and maintain records and data on test results per GDP.
• Perform daily, weekly, monthly and as needed equipment maintenance checks.
• Participate in additional continuous quality improvement activities.
• Adhere to safety protocols, such as wearing laboratory coats and required safety gear.
• Maintain organization and cleanliness in the labs.
• Collaborate on SOPs revisions and drafts as needed to adjust for process improvement initiatives
and regulatory changes.
• Review SOPs at set intervals and sign-off to document knowledge of these procedures.
• Document and assist with investigations for non-compliance events via Non-Conformance Reports
(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
• 1+ years of molecular laboratory work experience in a CAP/CLIA regulated lab
• Certifications or licensure that is required by the state or county in which the job is posted

Preferred Qualifications
• Molecular Biology American Society of Clinical Pathology (MB-ASCP) Certification
• Quality System Regulations (QSR) compliant laboratory experience
• Familiarity of and experience working with DNA manipulation techniques, enzymatic reactions, and
sequencing chemistry
• Familiarity with high throughput platforms and common molecular laboratory equipment (such as
pipettes, thermocyclers, and liquid handlers)
• Experience with Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
• Experience ensuring and maintaining integrity and quality of the laboratory in the areas of sample
processing, equipment maintenance, and SOPs
• Knowledge about laboratory safety protocols
• Demonstrated 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 and reagents in a laboratory environment
• Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite, most specifically Excel and Power Point
• Excellent skills of written communication, oral communication, collaboration, and problem solving
with other departments and colleagues
• Excellent organization and attention to detail
• Understanding of HIPAA and importance of patient data privacy
• Commitment to reflect FMI’s 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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"Foundation Medicine is a fast-paced work environment and we are always looking for innovative ways to improve our lab processes. This may seem daunting, but employees can grow just as fast as the company. I started as a Molecular Technician and have progressed to a Molecular Technologist II in a little over two years."

Anna is a great example of how our lab employees are given opportunities to grow their career and develop new skills. Learn more about Anna’s collaborative team and her daily work as a Molecular Technologist II at our Cambridge site.

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