Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Technician in Boston, Massachusetts

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.

The Department of Oncologic Pathology is looking for a research technician to assist scientists in performing a wide variety of scientific research and development tasks of varying complexity. The primary focus of this role will be on histology, histopathology, and immunohistochemistry. Primary duties will include tissue processing, embedding and sectioning including FFPE tissues, H&E staining, tissue core acquisition and IHC staining. This technician will be involved in cutting-edge scientific research techniques utilizing in situ techniques and Laser Capture Microdissection(LCM).

The Department of Oncologic Pathology is a molecular pathology-based research department with a multidisciplinary team. The environment is dynamic and the pace is fast. We believe this presents an exciting learning and training opportunity for a driven individual interested in biomedical research and experience.

  • Responsible for the histology lab workflow and lab space and the maintenance and servicing of all associated instrumentation.

  • Coordinate with collaborating investigators for delivery and return of clinical specimens and maintaining inventories for tracking all biological specimens, relating to histopathology onsite.

  • Work in tandem with the designated pathologist to plan and execute all IHC-based projects.

  • Implement troubleshooting workflows for new IHC work-ups.

  • Maintain detailed notebook of all work-related activities

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

  • Responsible for ordering of supplies associated with all histopathology projects.

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

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

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

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

Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in a field of biological science with experience in histology and histopathology techniques and basic molecular and cellular biology processes. The candidate should have 1 - 2 years research experience in a similar environment.

  • Essential basic histology and histopathology skills to include, tissue processing, embedding and sectioning, general staining, and tissue core acquisition.

  • Expertise in Immunohistochemistry techniques and experience with automated autostaining platforms, such as Ventana and Leica Bond instrumentation.

  • A solid grounding in molecular and cellular biology basic principles.

  • Must have the ability to maintain and continue intellectual involvement in their research activity.

  • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and be able to work with a wide variety of faculty and staff.

  • Ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Must have attention to detail and be thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Ability to work within a team environment.

  • Adaptability and multitasking capabilities are strongly favored for this position.

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: 2019-13641

Grade: 17

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org