Software Engineer III

  • Foundation Medicine
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Nov 19, 2019
Information Technology

Job Description

Foundation Medicine

Job Location: Boston, MA
Req Number: 10741
Department : Technology Products

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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 Software Engineer III on the Data Engineering Team is broadly responsible for building and supporting software applications in use by the business; in particular, FoundationCORE and its components. The technical products which are developed by the incumbent filling this position help doctors match patients to more advanced treatment options. This position completes design, development, unit testing, code reviews, and generates technical documentation.

This Engineer has a high level understanding of the codebase and is self-sufficient in at least one domain of our architecture. Software Engineer III makes well-reasoned decisions and well-reasoned trade-offs, is able to work in other parts of the codebase with guidance, and as an experienced practitioner provides guidance to lower level Engineers.

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 high quality distributed system software.
  • 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
  • 4+ year(s) of software engineering experience
  • Proficiency in at least one of the following software languages: Java, Scala, Python, or Go

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or similar
  • 5+ years of software engineering experience
  • Lifelong learner mindset, passionate about software development
  • Professional experience developing software in a distributed computing environment
  • Familiarity with both object oriented (OO) and functional programming (FP) paradigms
  • Strong refactoring abilities and test automation skills
  • Experience with:
    • Object-oriented programming (OOP) and functional programming (FP) paradigms
    • Distributed event streaming systems: Kafka, Pulsar, Kinesis, and others
    • Profiling applications and JVM tuning
    • Data pipeline and workflow management tools: Airflow, Glue, Azkaban, and others
    • Relational databases
    • Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) and query tuning
    • Data processing tools Spark, Storm, Hadoop, Heron, and others
  • Familiarity with:
    • Containerization/containerize deployment of software: Docker, Kubernetes, and others
    • NoSQL database technologies such as document stores and graph databases
  • Experience building and delivering Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) solutions
  • Understanding of agile software delivery
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include excellent skill in collaboration and problem-solving with other departments and colleagues
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy
  • Genomics or biotechnology industry experience
  • Commitment to reflect FMI's values: passion, patients, innovation and collaboration

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)OaAOg8uEepAjsxkrUpod5