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Senior Software Engineer

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our Data Engineering team at FMI. You will help transform our data into products that drive cancer research. This provides a real impact improving and extending lives of patients everywhere. This position completes design, development, unit testing, code reviews, and generates technical documentation. As a Senior Software Engineer, you will provide technical mentoring to junior team members, collaborate and participate in technical design efforts, and will be instrumental in ensuring accurate, innovative and low-defect software solutions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help to design, develop, and maintain a robust and scalable data platform.
  • Mentor and coach team members with less experience.
  • Write, test, and refactor high quality software that is cloud-native, resilient, secure, and scalable.
  • Build batch and streaming pipelines for the analysis of FMI’s data assets.
  • Provide leadership in:
    • Investigating design approaches
    • Prototyping new technologies
    • Evaluating technical feasibility
  • Drive engineering best practices in the team.
  • Implement algorithms developed by FMI data scientists.
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements including, but not limited to, automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery and redesigning infrastructure for greater scalability.
  • Deliver contributions in an Agile approach and leveraging Agile methodology.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree AND 5+ years of professional software engineering experience OR 10+ year(s) of software engineering experience
  • Proficiency in at least two of the following software languages: Python, Java, or JavaScript

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related concentration
  • 8+ years of prior software engineering experience
  • History of leading & mentoring less experienced software engineers
  • Deep professional expertise with:
    • Data pipeline and workflow management tools: Airflow, Dagster, Nextflow, and others
    • Relational databases, including:
      • SQL
      • Database design
      • Query tuning
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS) or similar cloud platforms
    • Containerization/containerized deployment of software: Docker, Kubernetes, Singularity, and others 
    • Profiling applications and JVM tuning
  • Strong refactoring abilities and test automation skills
  • Familiarity with:
    • Data analysis using Python and/or R
    • Data warehousing platforms such as Redshift, BigQuery, and Snowflake
    • NoSQL database technologies such as document stores and graph databases
    • Data processing tools Spark, Storm, Hadoop, Heron, and others
  • Prior life science industry experience, particularly in genomics or biotechnology industry experience
  • Experience building and delivering Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) solutions
  • Demonstrated understanding of Agile software delivery
  • Strong interpersonal skills including successful collaboration and problem solving with other departments and colleagues
  • Understanding of CCPA, HITRUST, HIPAA, other regulations pertinent to data security, and the importance of patient data privacy
  • Commitment to reflect Foundation Medicine’s values: passion, patients, innovation, and collaboration


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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