Scientist, Clinical Development
Job Location Cambridge, MA
Req Number 2018-9049
Department Clinical Development
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Foundation Medicine is a molecular information company dedicated to changing the way patients with cancer are treated. Harnessing advanced technology, Foundation Medicine is developing clinical laboratory tests that will broadly capture the most relevant tumor genomic and other molecular information in a single test, and connect it with relevant scientific and medical knowledge to help oncologists determine the right treatment for each patient.


The Clinical Development team is seeking a highly-motivated biologist to facilitate education regarding FMI products in the oncology and pathology communities as a scientific expert through presentations and scientific exchange in support of Foundation Medicine’s molecular tumor boards (MTB) program. The Clinical Development scientist will serve as a scientific resource about cancer-assocaited genomic alterations and will provide up-to-date reports about their association with targeted therapies. This role requires  knowledge of cancer biology and molecular oncology, excellent presentations skills and ability to effectively communicate complex scientific issues to a diverse audience. The scientist will also support diverse internal and external collaborations through data mining, hypothesis generation, and advanced genomic analysis as guided by the Clinical Development lead. The position offers flexibility to occasionally work offsite.


  • Prepare, research, summarize, and discuss genomic findings of chosen clinical cases during molecular tumor boards.
  • Explain biological processes and genomic alterations to diverse stakeholders who may not have bioinformatics expertise.
  • Serve as a genomics expert during the MTBs and provide follow-up when necessary.
  • Work independently to perform molecular information analyses.
  • Interpret genomic results within the context of tumor biology and precision medicine.
  • Contribute to broader projects within Clinical Development including associated manuscripts and/or conference presentations as necessary.
  • Collaborate with internal/external scientists and physicians to review, refine, and extend existing medical content.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Excellent presentation skills. Ability to incorporate complex genomic and clinical data and clearly explain to diverse audience.
  • Familiarity with molecular biology of cancer, genomics and oncology.
  • Knowledge of next generation sequencing principles and its application to precision medicine is desireable.
  • Unsurpassed reliability, high ethical standards, meticulous attention to details, and unparalleled integrity.
  • Prior experience working with PHI and/or communicating with practicing oncologists is desireable.

   Education or Experience:

  • Minimum Ph.D. (or equivalent) in cancer biology or similar.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly distill clear, complete, and succinct summaries from complex and potentially contradictory primary literature sources.
  • Ability to perform careful, detail-oriented work under deadline pressure.
  • Background in cancer biology, translational medicine, clinical trials and large-scale genomic data analysis is desireable.
  • Familiarity with current topics in cancer genome biology and targeted therapeutics.
  • Work experience involving scientific and/or medical communications preferred.



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