• Research Technician - Head and Neck Oncology

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/2/2018 5:44 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-10720
    Category
    Hidden (24988)
    Type
    full time
    Grade
    17
  • 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 research technician will join a team of scientists dedicated to understanding mechanisms of head and neck cancer response to immunotherapies and targeted therapies. Our laboratory is developing improved treatment strategies for head and neck cancer by studying patient cancers and preclinical models of disease. The technician will assist scientists in performing a wide variety of scientific research and development tasks of varying complexity. Primary duties will include processing of cancer patient specimens, assisting with set up, maintenance, testing and analysis of patient-derived cancer models, performing extraction, quantification and analysis of DNA, RNA and protein from clinical and preclinical specimens, maintaining cell cultures and assisting with studies evaluating anticancer treatments in cell culture and in mice.

     

    The research 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.

    Responsibilities

     

    PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Responsible for the lab space and the maintenance and servicing of all associated instrumentation.
    • Liaise with clinical research coordinators for distribution of clinical specimens and maintaining inventories for tracking all biological specimens.
    • 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 the laboratory.
    • Responsible for ordering of supplies associated with all 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.

    Qualifications

    Requirements:

    Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in a field of biological science with emphasis on molecular and cellular biology.

     

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES DESIRED:

    • Prior hands-on laboratory experience.
    • Ability to work within a team environment.
    • A solid grounding in molecular and cellular biology basic principles.
    • Ability to maintain and continue intellectual involvement in their research activity.
    • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and 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.
    • Attention to detail and thorough completing of work tasks.
    • 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.

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