• Research Assistant I - Pediatric Oncology Genomics Dry Lab

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    Research- Laboratory
    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.


    We are seeking a talented, motivated, and collaborative Research Assistant to support a state-of-the-art dry lab utilizing genomic and transcriptomic sequencing to elucidate the underlying drivers of high risk pediatric cancers and guide targeted therapy recommendations for individual patients.  The position is based in the Janeway Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with collaborations at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, and pediatric oncology centers across the U.S. The research assistant will work with other members of the laboratory and with the Pediatric Oncology Clinical Translation Investigation Program staff with a focus on data management and supporting the lab’s research scientist in interpreting genomic results. This position will not have direct patient interaction. 



    1) Assist in the interpretation of genomic sequencing variants and draft patient reports.

    2) Collect, track, curate, and review data sets from a variety of diverse data sources to facilitate in-depth study analyses.

    3) Conduct relevant literature searches and reviews as requested.

    4) Assist team in conduct of research projects by writing research protocols, maintaining databases (including data entry) and project documentation with accuracy, as needed.

    5) Track clinical research specimens and test results.

    6) May be responsible for IRB protocol submissions (amendments, continuing reviews) of minimal risk protocols with help from the Clinical Translation Investigation Program.

    7) With administrative support for the lab, Assist with coordination and preparation of project related meetings as requested and may be responsible for meeting minutes.

    8) Other project-related or administrative responsibilities as requested by management.


    • B.S., B.A., or M.S. in biological sciences with working knowledge of human genetics, genomics, and /or cancer pathways. 
    • Experience working in a medical or scientific research setting preferred.
    • Experience with computers and databases, including prior use of Microsoft Office products. Programming skills and experience with bioinformatic tools is a plus.
    • Excellent organization skills.  Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to follow-through. Ability to effectively manage time and prioritize workload.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills essential. Ability to interact with all levels of staff and enjoy working in a highly collaborative 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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