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Software Engineer III
Boston, MA
Posted 4 months ago

About the Company

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. This group at Foundation Medicine transforms data into products that drive cancer research. This provides a real impact improving and extending lives of patients everywhere. You should have a love of automation: processes, testing, operation, everything. We’re focused around a mix of Python and Java, with a handful of other things thrown in. Genomics and/or healthcare backgrounds are a plus but not required.

We have openings across multiple levels. If you find this interesting but are more senior or junior than this listing, please check out our other postings at https://careers.foundationmedicine.com/jobs/search

About the Job

We are looking for a Software Engineer III 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. Code created in this position will be reusable, testable, efficient, clean, and well documented. 

This position is located in Boston, MA and is eligible for both relocation and immigration sponsorship.

Key Responsibilities

·       Help to design, develop, and maintain a robust and scalable data platform.

·       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.

·       Partner with other team members to:

·       Investigate design approaches;

·       Prototype new technologies; and,

·       Evaluate technical feasibility.

·       Implement algorithms developed by our 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 pertaining to that of a Software Engineer III as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

·       Bachelor’s Degree AND 4+ years of professional software engineering experience OR 9+ years of professional software engineering experience

·       Proficiency in at least one of Java or Python

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or similar 

  • 6+ years of software engineering experience 

  • Expertise in two or more of the following software languages: Python, Java, or JavaScript 

  • History of leading and mentoring less experienced software engineers 

  • Experience 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 

    • NoSQL database technologies such as document stores and graph databases 

    • Data processing tools Spark, Storm, Hadoop, Heron, and others 

  • Prior life science experience, particularly in genomics or biotechnology 

  • Experience building and delivering Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) solutions 

  • Demonstrated understanding of Agile software delivery 

  • Strong interpersonal skills that include 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 FMI'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.

Foundation Medicine is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, or national origin. Further, qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also FMI’s EEO Statement and EEO is the Law and Supplement. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.  (EOE/AAP Employer)

Foundation Medicine
Foundation medicine is a molecular information company developing clinical diagnostic tests that facilitates personalized cancer therapies.
Size:  251-500 employees
Funding Level:  Public
Year Founded:  2010
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