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The Research and Development team at Foundation Medicine is constantly pushing the envelope to transform cancer care.

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Scientist I, Cancer Genomics

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

In this role, the scientist will analyze and interpret genomic alterations to support diverse external collaborations focused on drug development through data mining, hypothesis generation, and advanced genomic analysis. The role may also develop new analysis methods to be applied to cancer genomic profiling data.  These applications require a strong ability to problem-solve, a deep knowledge of cancer biology, and the ability to effectively use scripting languages to interpret large sequencing datasets. The ideal candidate is able to leverage their cancer biology knowledge to implement logical and biologically and/or clinically relevant computational analyses.

The primary functions rely on leveraging FoundationCORE, FMI’s 500,000+ tumor sample dataset, to investigate novel cancer gene alterations, interact with academic and pharma partners, and prepare scientific manuscripts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and evaluate potential biomarkers using FoundationCORE.
  • Determine when statistical analysis is needed and apply the analysis.
  • Use a computer cluster to analyze genomic signatures on historical samples.
  • Communicate with Biopharma partners and internal departments as needed to define specifics of cancer mutations and other related scientific queries.
  • Perform queries for Biopharma partners and return results.
  • Utilize cancer genomics expertise to investigate genomic mechanisms of oncogenesis.
  • Integrate appropriate clinical data with Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) output.
  • Work collaboratively with internal colleagues to refine analysis algorithms and methods.
  • Contribute scientific expertise to broader projects within the Research and Development team.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 3+ years of research experience preferred in the life sciences industry; OR,
  • Master’s and 2+ research experience preferred in the life sciences industry; OR,
  • PhD and no experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ years of industry or post-doctorate experience within Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, or another related life science
  • 1+ years of industry or post-doctorate research experience with cancer genomics and/or next-generation sequencing principles
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following scientific computing languages: Python, R, Matlab, or Java
  • Familiarity with clinical nomenclature including stage, grade, ECOG, and the patient journey in oncology
  • Familiarity with basic statistics
  • Experience working with publicly available datasets, such as TCGA
  • Ability to analyze and critically interpret scientific literature
  • Effective oral and written communication skill
  • Excellent writing skills and the desire to contribute to scientific manuscripts and abstracts
  • Reliability, high ethical standards and integrity
  • Translational research experience
  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data
  • Commitment to FMI values: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion



Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.


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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