Clinical Research Genomicist

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Job Location
Boston, MA 02215
Job Description

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)/Partners Healthcare Clinical & Translational Informatics (CTI) group is the Institute’s resource for providing databases and applications that help DFCI clinicians and researchers gain insights based on clinical and research data. The Clinical Research Genomicist will be responsible for driving patient-centric, personalized medicine applications forward. The incumbent will report to the Team Lead for Bioinformatics and Business Analysis, collaborating closely with clinicians, researchers, developers, and other groups across the Institute. This role will require a strong understanding of clinical genetics, with the ability to distill critical information to the everyday clinician and patient in an intuitive genomics-focused clinical decision support application.


  • Elicit requirements from end-users of this new application, ensuring a clear and meaningful user interface that can be interpreted by a non-expert.
  • Keep abreast of latest breakthroughs in cancer genomics and personalized medicine, feeding these new discoveries into the roadmap as appropriate.
  • Document requirements and relay to technical team via product roadmap, product backlog, user stories, and issue tracking tool.
  • Support existing patient reporting application.
  • Proactively communicate and collaborate with internal customers to analyze information needs and functional requirements, and deliver the following artifacts as needed: Prototypes/Wireframes, Functional/Business Requirements Specification, Use Cases, and GUI designs.
  • Thoroughly document and quality control all features, maintaining a list of expected inputs and outputs for each feature. Write detailed functional test plans that cover not only the basic functionality, but also include edge, boundary and odd case scenarios.
  • Motivate junior team members for success and give recognition for results.
  • Work with development team to ensure all automatable tests are implemented. Design and run smoke tests for non-automatable functions that verify functionality, especially to confirm that a release works.
  • Maintain end user documentation of application functionality and data.
  • Use the Partners HealthCare values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Genomics, Cancer Biology; MS in Genetic Counseling; or related field with relevant experience
  • 5+ years in cancer research or clinical genetics highly preferred
  • 3+ years experience working with and/or building personalized medicine applications/reports
  • 1+ year experience in bioinformatics a plus (SQL, Python, Perl, COSMIC, cBioPortal, TCGA, etc.)
  • Track record of publication in the scientific literature a plus



  • Strong communication and organization required, with the ability to distill complex scientific topics into an easily digestible format
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer support
  • Working knowledge of clinical workflows
  • Proven ability to effectively translate business requirements to functional requirements
  • Requires minimal direction from leadership and possesses the ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to cooperatively and effectively work within a team


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