• Research Tech - Lead - Department of Oncologic Pathology

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 months ago(8/20/2019 1:49 PM)
    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.


    The Department of Oncologic Pathology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is looking for an experienced Research Technician who is highly skilled and proficient in pathology, cell, and/or tissue-based imaging.  This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual with a strong knowledge of multiplex biomarker technology and analysis, imaging technology, and/or advanced immunohistochemistry techniques and the ability to manage the deployment of our innovative multiplexed imaging technology – multiplexed ion beam imaging (MIBI).  The technician will be expected to work independently and be responsible for the day to day operations and maintenance of this technology and is expected to become an expert in the use of this technology.


    The technician will report directly to the Scientific Leader for this program and will work closely with other Faculty and post-doctoral fellows regarding the operation of the machine and successful completion of research projects.  The technician will be part of the Molecular Pathology Core Laboratory in the Department of Oncologic Pathology.


    The technician will also work directly with the manufacturer and their representatives to manage training, upgrades, and coordination of routine maintenance of the equipment as well as implementation of basic image processing software and software upgrades.



    • Oversee operation and maintenance of MIBI related equipment including preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and purchasing responsibility
    • Develop and maintain SOPs related to operations and quality control  
    • Responsible for data acquisition, analysis, documentation and distribution of results
    • Participate in the development and validation of new procedures, instruments and tests in response to specific research needs
    • Assist leader and oversight committee with managing project goals, timelines and deliverables
    • Order supplies and maintain lab inventory
    • Ensure compliance with DFCI Environmental Health and Safety regulations as well as the standard operation procedures specific to the Department of Oncologic Pathology
    • Expected to provide intellectual and interactive commitment to position by keeping up with appropriate literature and research publications




    • General lab skills and knowledge of lab safety and infection control
    • Essential basic cell and/or tissue-preparation and microscopy skills including tissue review and annotation, processing, and staining methodologies
    • Experience with operation & troubleshooting of lab instrumentation is desirable
    • The ability to be flexible & adaptable to changing technology
    • Must be able to work independently. Excellent interpersonal skills are necessary
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multitask and troubleshoot problems
    • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action




    • Bachelor’s degree required with a major in biology or chemistry preferred. Those with training in biomedical engineering will also be considered.
    • Minimum of 3-6 years’ related experience
    • Experience with working with advanced multiplexing platforms and/or immunofluorescence is a plus
    • Experience working with basic data analysis software is a plus

      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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