• Scientist I

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/23/2019 2:25 PM)
    Job ID
    Research- Laboratory
    full time
    Location : Address
    450 Brookline Ave
    Location : City
  • 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 Scientist will report directly to Judy Garber, MD, MPH, who serves as for the Chief of The Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention (CCGP) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).

    The CCGP at the DFCI was one of the first clinical cancer genetics and prevention programs in the world. The Center offers genetic testing, counseling, and expert care for adult and pediatric cancer patients, survivors, previvors (patients who do not have cancer but tested positive for a mutation), and those with a family history of cancer. Our team also leads innovative research that helps to unravel the complexities of inherited cancers and uncover new methods of risk reduction.

    The Research Scientist will be responsible for enhancing productivity of the CCGP through providing facilitative and scientific operational support. He/she will partner closely with Dr. Garber daily and will manage the execution of projects and tasks across all facets of operations, including day-to-day management, special initiatives, and oversight of deadlines. This position requires strategic agility, strong project management and communication skills, and interaction with multiple faculty and staff members across the Harvard-wide community.



    • Help define, prioritize, and develop projects/initiatives directly involving the Chief across a variety of platforms
    • Work directly with the Chief to build and update the CCGP’s long-term research strategic plan
    • Manages Data Use Agreements (DUA) and Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) for the Chief in conjunction with research staff and DFCI central offices.
    • Assist Research Project Managers as-needed with regulatory/IRB submissions, correspondence, and documentation.
    • Assist with content and organizational aspects of preparation of grants, progress reports, manuscripts and presentations including clinical data abstraction;
    • Work directly with the Chief to track goals, prioritization and execution of activities, and follow-up with team members to help drive project closure to ensure optimal productivity of the programs
    • Contribute to multiple projects as an individual contributor and/or advisor, including budgeting, contract negotiation, and managing timelines
    • Brainstorm ideas, gather requirements, leverage scientific and management skills and act in a hands-on capacity to drive day-to-day program activities and operations of the CCGP
    • Draft, update, and maintain research profiles and web-based platforms based on the needs of the Center Directors and faculty members
    • May be responsible for scheduling research team meetings and conference calls, facilitating mailings and other project-related tasks.
    • Responsible for communication with study sponsors and sites to coordinate study start up and participant enrollment.
    • May train and/ or supervise Research Project Managers or Clinical Research Coordinators



    • Knowledge of cancer as a disease process, ideally with a background in Cancer Genetics, Population Sciences, and/or Epidemiology;
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills – must be able to build connections within and between teams, appropriately represent the Director of Research’s vision/voice, and build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of colleagues
    • Excellent organizational, time- and project-management skills and an ability to work independently
    • Strong written, verbal, and creative communication skills, including ability to translate insight into content, create PowerPoint or written presentations, and develop grant applications
    • Passion for learning and innovation, ability to set new and stretching goals for him/herself and the team with a “can-do” attitude and high attention to detail


    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.


    • Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Epidemiology, Public Health or Medical Science required;
    • PhD or MD in Life Sciences, especially Medical Sciences, preferred; experience in clinical arenas an asset
    • At least five years related experience working as a scientist or project manager in a clinical, academic research, medical science, or similar setting strongly preferred


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