• Research Technician

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(11/15/2018 1:17 PM)
    Job ID
    Hidden (24988)
    full time
  • Overview

    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.

    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.

    The Structural & Chemical Biology Center and Kadoch Laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are seeking a highly-motivated full-time Research Technician who will provide technical support for ongoing protein crystallography and structural biology research. Primary responsibilities include biochemical, biophysical, and crystallization screens and assays. Previous experience in these techniques is preferred, and additional on the job training will be provided. We are looking for candidates who have at least two years of availability. Ideal candidates are motivated, detailed & goal-oriented and possess excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills. This is a unique opportunity to carry forward projects resulting in presentations and publications such as Cell Chem Biol and Nat Genet.


    • Conduct biochemical, biophysical, and crystallographic experiments. 
    • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas. 
    • Maintain detailed notebook of all work-related activities. 
    • 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. 
    • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain and troubleshoot equipment. 
    • May be expected to participate in formal and information presentations of results to staff. 
    • Monitor 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. 
    • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology applications to perform work duties. 


    • Bachelor's Degree required with a major in biology or chemistry preferred. 
    • Experience with fluorescence and light-scattering spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry, mass-spectroscopy analysis, biochemistry, protein crystallograhy, sparse matrix and expansion screeening are highly desired.
    • Knowledge of information and techniques related to either biology, chemistry, or medicine is preferred.
    • 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.

    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.


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