• Pathology Technician - CCPM

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/4/2019 3:52 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 center that spans Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), and the Broad Institute (Broad).  The mission of this Center is to catalyze the implementation and innovation of precision cancer medicine and medical science at these institutions.  To accomplish this mission, the Center brings 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.


    Pathological review and analysis of biopsies, resections, and fine needle aspirations (FNAs) collected within this center are critical.  To that end, we are recruiting a Pathology Research Technician to support CCPM research projects.  This position will require a skilled, independent professional acting under the supervision of the Pathology Lead Technician to perform a wide variety of tasks in processing the full range of human pathology specimens.  The principal duties and responsibilities are outlined below.


    Under direct supervision of the Pathology Lead Technician and Associate Director of CCPM, this individual will handle and prepare a wide range of tissue samples for research testing.  The individual will maintain diagnostic viability of all specimens received and will process a wide variety of routine tissue, as well accurately label research specimens.


    • Under the direct supervision of the Pathology Lead Technician, retrieve fresh research specimens (i.e. needle core biopsy, FNAs, resected tumor tissue), as needed, from BWH Interventional Radiology and Pathology locations.
    • Demonstrates astute clinical judgment when handling patient material and reports.
    • Appropriately triages tissue for different types of fixation or special studies.
    • Allocates research specimens for molecular testing and manage handoffs to appropriate groups in, clinical studies, genomics, and other ancillary research as directed.
    • Ensures proper treatment, labeling, and storage of research specimens to maintain the diagnostic viability of specimens for histological and cytological analyses as well as to optimize molecular testing.
    • Check for Pathology results on a daily basis and send results to the CCPM study team.
    • Trouble-shoot problems as needed (e.g., mislabeled and/or missing research specimens, insufficient specimens, etc.).
    • Identifies problems and brings to the attention of more senior laboratory staff. Troubleshoots under supervision.
    • Assists in keeping a clean work area, organized, and in compliance with all safety regulations.
    • Maintains established DFCI policies, procedures and objectives, including the areas of quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.
    • Perform all other duties and responsibilities as directed.


    • B.S. or B.A. in a biological or chemical science and/or completion of a NAACLS accredited histology technician training program highly desired.
    • Extensive knowledge of the basic sciences, anatomy, and surgical pathology (including cytology).
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with various levels, including physicians (e.g., Pathologists, Surgeons, Radiologists), researchers, and staff.
    • Ability to coordinate well in a team setting.
    • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision.
    • Familiarity with basic computer programs for data entry, to search for clinical information, and to identify and retrieve cases.
    • Working knowledge of histologic procedures is a plus.
    • Previous experience working with biological samples is a plus.
    • Must have good organizational skills and be detail oriented.
    • Ability to methodically record data with a very high level of accuracy.
    • Ability to identify and resolve problems as they develop.
    • Ability to work under general supervision.


    May assist in the orienting and training of new laboratory staff.



    Indirect patient contact. May be in the presence of patients but will not be performing any patient procedures.

    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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