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Sr Software Engineer

  • 400 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

This position is a member of the Systems sub-team of the Computational Biology, Engineering group. This team is responsible for developing components of, and programmatic interfaces to, the genomics platform and analysis pipeline codebase. We build backend systems that power global production operations and research on cloud deployed systems. Responsibilities include application architecture, packaging & dependency management, computational scalability, REST services, messaging, database queries and relationship modeling. The Senior Software Engineer is a technical resource and prolific contributor of high quality code, that is able to decompose complex problems into potential solutions achieved on time. This role leads by example to create a culture of software excellence and adherence to engineering best practices, makes well-reasoned decisions and trade-offs and, as an experienced practitioner, provides guidance to less experienced colleagues.

The Senior Software Engineer will work as part of a new product team, focused on improving blood-based cancer diagnostic capabilities in areas such as cancer detection, minimum residual disease, and other related applications. This team is comprised of talent from across the Roche ecosystem, including Roche Diagnostics, Roche Pharma and Foundation Medicine, operating as a single unit.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead assigned team-wide initiatives, such as:
  • Investigating design approaches;
  • Prototyping new technologies; and,
  • Evaluating technical feasibility.
  • Develop FMI’s software; in particular, the CompBio Genomics Platform.
  • Leverage technical expertise to support a culture of peer design, code reviews, and knowledge sharing sessions
  • Establish clear technical roadmaps to ensure the maintainability and quality of the product’s code base while reducing technical debt.
  • Write, test, and refactor high quality software and code that is reusable, testable, efficient, clean and well-commented.
  • Maintain efforts for product or platform to be cloud-native, resilient, secure and scalable.
  • Coach, guide, mentor, and teach team members with less experience.
  • Drive efforts for assigned team’s adoption of established best engineering practices.
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements including, but not limited to, automating manual processes, optimizing product delivery, and redesigning infrastructure for greater scalability.
  • Debug complex problems escalated by other team members.
  • Communicate with applicable stakeholders to obtain information on requirements.
  • Provide software engineering expertise and support per business needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years of software engineering experience; or
  • Master’s degree and 4+ years of software engineering experience, or
  • 10+ years of software engineering experience in lieu of a degree
  • Proficiency with Unix-based operating systems.
  • Proficiency in Java

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Math, or a related field
  • Significant understanding of Unix-based operating systems
  • Highly proficient in Java application development and package management
  • Proficient in Python
  • Proficient in Bash
  • 8+ years of professional software engineering experience
  • 3+ years of professional experience with the following:
  • Leading the architecture and design of new and/or current systems
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) or similar cloud platform
  • Distributed event messaging systems such as AMQP, Kafka, AWS SNS/SQS, Pulsar, or Kinesis
  • Relational database design
  • Java development experience with Spring, Hibernate
  • Experience designing distributed systems
  • Experience building and delivering Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) solutions
  • History of mentoring less experienced software engineers


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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