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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Technician in Boston, Massachusetts

This position will assist scientists in performing scientific research, development and/or clinical tasks of varying complexity. In general, this position will assist in the set up, operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment, monitoring experiments, making observations and calculating and recording results.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

  • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

  • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas and may be responsible for ordering of supplies. Collaborates with Purchasing and may be responsible for negotiating with vendors.

  • Conduct standardized biological, microbiological or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses, including the collection of information and samples from organic substances, such as blood, drugs, and animals.

  • Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.

  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings, including grant preparation and presentations, and look for opportunities to co-author publications. May be expected to participate in formal and information presentations of results to staff.

  • Participate in grant application process and manuscript preparation as required.

  • Maintains detailed notebook of all work-related activities.

  • Monitors laboratory work to ensure compliance with Environmental Health and Safety information as well as the standard operation procedures specific to each laboratory.

  • Expected to provide intellectual and interactive commitment to position by keeping up with appropriate literature and research publications.

  • May be responsible for the development, modification and improvement of standard operating procedures.

  • Uses computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology applications to perform work duties.

  • May be responsible for designing and executing advanced experiments and setting strategy.

  • May be responsible for the examination of animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.

  • May be responsible for monitoring laboratory budgets.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the maintenance of a mouse colony, which involves frequent monitoring, setting up breedings, DNA extraction and genotyping by PCR. Contribute to in vivo experiments using mouse models.

  • Perform various cellular and molecular experiments on mouse and human cells, including real-time PCR, immunoblotting, microscopy, and mass spectrometry-based quantitative proteomics.

  • Assist with the management and organization of a lab. Other duties as assigned by supervisor will be performed as necessary including conducting literature reviews, writing protocols and data analysis.

  • Contribute to the preparation and presentation of written or oral progress reports concerning studies and assist in publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas.

A bachelor’s degree in biological science and bench research experience beyond course work are essential. The candidate should ideally have at least one year of laboratory experience and must be a quick and willing learner. Prior experience handling and working directly with mouse models is necessary as the project involves mouse work. Experience with sterile cell culture work, PCR, and biochemical techniques is also highly desirable. The successful candidate will be very organized, a team player, and able to work flexible hours in order to accommodate experimental needs.

This is a great position for a highly motivated individual interested in attending a biomedical graduate school program or medical school (or a MD/PhD program). Mentoring for graduate/medical school applications is available through the principal investigator as well as clinical shadowing opportunities. The ideal candidate would make a minimum 2-year commitment to working in the laboratory.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Job ID: 2020-17459

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org

Telecommute: No

Street: 450 Brookline Ave