• Research Technician - Center for Cancer Precision Medicine

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 1 month ago(4/20/2018 5:37 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.

    The Center for Cancer Precision Medicine (CCPM) is a major institutional priority, being established across Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), and the Broad Institute (Broad). The mission of this Center will be to catalyze the implementation and innovation of precision cancer medicine and medical science at these institutions. The Center will leverage a multitude of existing and new capabilities for comprehensive genomic characterization, computational analysis, and technology development. It will bring together DFCI and BWH resources to pioneer new approaches for tissue biopsies, with the goal of facilitating the generation and clinical interpretation of tumor molecular data from clinical trials. CCPM will integrate and coordinate various research and clinical disciplines, and establish joint capabilities across BWH, DFCI, and the Broad with the ultimate goal of creating a leading cancer precision medicine research enterprise.


    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 Center for Cancer Precision Medicine (CCPM) is seeking a research technician to perform studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of therapeutic response and resistance in cancer. The ideal candidate will assist develop and implement methods to apply new technologies and approaches that augment cancer precision medicine. The research technician will assist design and perform systematic or hypothesis-directed studies of tumor cell populations, genetic alterations and other molecular features that may inform clinical decision-making, resistance mechanisms or treatment response. These studies may include optimizing protocols for characterizing single cells isolated from clinical samples as well as establishing methods for the propagation and perturbation of patient-derived tumor/normal cell lines. This individual will also assist collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, designing and conducting follow-up experiments and preparing publications.


    The ideal candidate should have:

    • a background in cancer research and experience with molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology.
    • hands-on research experience and outstanding technical skills.
    • Experience with microfluidic systems and in processing patient-derived samples (advantages, not requirements).
    • The ideal candidate will be motivated, detailed, goal-oriented and possess excellent organizational including the ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should have strong interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills.
    • We are looking for candidates who have at least two years of availability.


    • B.A. or M.A./M.Sc or equivalent degree in life sciences is required.
    • 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.

    Some flexibility with weekday schedule is needed to accommodate medical and clinical setups.

    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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