Laboratory Research Assistant
Job Location Cambridge, MA
Req Number 0423
Department Product Development
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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. 


The Laboratory Research Assistant I is a core member of the Product Development team. This position supports all Product Development laboratory personnel who are developing the next generation of diagnostic assays. This position may include equipment maintenance, sample repository management, and reagent preparation in addition to other tasks in a highly complex laboratory environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Stock inventory in the lab including preparing reagents, labware, and equipment for routine lab usage on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
  • Follow instructions defined in Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Coordinate the timing of laboratory equipment maintenance.
  • Collaborate closely with the Technology, Facilities, and Quality Assurance departments.
  • Assist with procurement for the R&D laboratory.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to work in a lab environment using chemicals and reagents.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, particularly a Bachelor of Science degree in biological or life sciences.
  • Computer proficiency, including data entry skills (such as Microsoft Office Suite).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments/ College of American Pathologists certified laboratory.
  • 1+ years of work experience in a job in the logistics, science, technology field or another regulated industry.
  • Familiarity with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and follow written and verbal instructions, particularly with scientific or technical information.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of privacy of patient data.

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)

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