• Research Technician

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/26/2018 2:28 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 in Dr. Bruce Spiegelman’s Lab will assist postdocs and students in performing scientific research aimed at understanding the mechanistic basis of metabolic disease, muscle function and the effects of physical activity on brain function. Duties include working with laboratory mice and conducting basic molecular biology and cell biology techniques. Basic procedures include but are not limited to: pipetting; cell and tissue culture, handling of small laboratory animals, etc. There will be continuous learning opportunities and intellectual engagement with data analysis, experimental planning, and scientific communication; the position will be a good stepping stone for those interested in biomedical research.



    • Molecular biology techniques such as DNA cloning as well as protein/DNA/RNA purificationand quantification.
    • Cell-based assays which involve maintenance of cell lines, isolation of primary cells from mouse tissue, and microscopy.
    • Animal assays, which involve laboratory mouse handling and sample preparation.
    • Maintenance of animal (laboratorymouse) colonies, including weaning, tailbiopsies, DNA preparation and genotyping by PCR.
    • Order placement for the purchase of lab consumables and communication to vendors. 
    • Analysis of experimental data and interpretation of results, with opportunities for scientificwriting, presentation, and co-authorship.




    • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with scientific specialty is required (or obtained by January 2019).
    • Previous experience working in a medical or scientific research setting is preferred.
    • Knowledge of information and techniques related to biology, chemistry, or medicine is preferred. Must be willing to work with laboratory mice.
    • Must be self-motivated and an independen tworker withe xcellent communication skills (written and verbal)
    • Must have attention to detail and be thorough in completing, troubleshooting, and communicating the results of work tasks.

    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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