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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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Senior Scientist

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

Key Responsibilities:
• Lead, author, and execute development, verification, and validation studies for novel
diagnostic next generation sequencing assays.
• Lead training on new processes as they pertain to applicable cross-functional participants.
• Manage and conduct performance qualification testing during tech transfer between the
development and operations teams.
• Lead product documentation in fulfillment of QSR design control, including CDx assay
requirements, functional specifications, performance and study results, and data
• Partner with the Regulatory and Quality Assurance teams to ensure that procedural and
submission documentation meets audit and accreditation standards.
• Establish and validate performance parameters, quality control, and stability specifications
for critical reagents.
• Support the timely processing and reporting of oncology samples to internal and external
• Conduct investigations and analyses to troubleshoot and enhance existing methods,
improving assay capabilities and technical robustness.
• Author detailed, accurate, and accessible records of experimental data.
• Present the results of experimental data at internal meetings and with external
• Prepare reports for submission to regulatory agencies ( including the FDA).
• Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Cancer Genomics, or a related field
• 6+ years working in the life sciences industry and/or academia in a laboratory setting

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or Cancer Genetics, or related field
• 3+ years of working experience in the life sciences industry
• 3+ years of professional experience with molecular biology techniques
• Experience

  • Developing, implementing and supporting high complexity clinical assays in a regulated environment (such as with FDA-QSR, CLIA, CAP, ISO regulations)
  • Writing regulation-adherent validation protocols, data reports and Standard Operating Procedures
  • With the practices and principals of next generation sequencing, including DNA-seq and target-enrichment
  • With robotic liquid handlers, lab automation, and instrumentation

• Excellent organization and attention to detail
• Demonstrated history of successfully managing multiple concurrent initiatives and maintaining one’s own workflow
• Demonstrated track record of timely work completion ahead of deadlines • Strong interpersonal skills in collaboration and problem solving with other departments and colleagues
• Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy
• Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic fast paced team environment and to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
• Ability to work in a laboratory environment in the presence of chemicals and reagents
• Commitment to reflect FMI’s values: Passion, Patients, Innovation, and Collaboration

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