Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Clinical Lab Assistant I

Clinical Lab Assistant I

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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.




  • Logs in research samples for cryopreservation and storage
  • Processes research samples for cryopreservation and storage
  • Enters sample information into database and performs sample searches.
  • Retrieves samples and data from other departments, as required
  • Catalogs and maintains sample inventory in logs and databases.
  • Assist with the distribution and shipment of samples for special protocols.
  • Transports products and samples between Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Kraft Family Donor Center and DFCI Lab control.
  • Performs low complexity lab procedures with appropriate training.
  • Assists other lab staff, as required.
  • Performs various quality control procedures on equipment.  Reports unexpected findings to the appropriate supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

All staff needs to perform and document daily assigned tasks during their shift, such as equipment maintenance.   Additional assigned duties as assigned on a weekly basis are required to be completed by the end of the week, such as transferring of Ficoll to bags and centrifuge cleaning. 


Good working relationship with the Brown and Davids laboratory members, as well as with the research staff of the CLL / Lymphoma clinical research program and the central hospital laboratories.  


Ability to use computers, centrifuges, pipettes, LN2 tanks, microscope and other lab equipment as it becomes available.   Extensive work performed under a hood utilizing sterile conditions.  Work in a lab following all OSHA and Safety guidelines as well as utilizing Universal Precautions.  Lab coats and gloves to be worn.  Works in high volume busy lab setting which can be stressful at times.  Handling of blood and bone marrow.


Performs tasks under general supervision.  Able to work independently and as a team player.  Follows established procedures after appropriate training.  Seeks advice for aberrant occurrences.


  • High school diploma required.
  • Previous laboratory experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of computer systems desired.

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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