Associate Director, Center for Immuno-Oncology

4 months ago
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full time


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.


A Center for Immuno-Oncology (CIO) has been established at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to serve as a central hub for human-based immuno-oncology research efforts and care. The vision of the Center is to facilitate the development of innovative and effective immunotherapy treatments that will improve the care and outcomes of patients with cancer.  To achieve this vision, the CIO supports research and development of new immuno-oncology technologies, tests, and computational tools, research analyses (e.g., biomarker detection, immune response analysis, immunogenomics, etc.) of samples acquired from immuno-oncology clinical trials and research projects, clinical trial administration and conduct, and clinical care delivery for patients.



The Center for Immuno-Oncology (CIO) seeks a talented and highly motivated Associate Director to help oversee and coordinate the Center’s research and trial activities.  The Associate Director will report directly to the Center Director, but will work closely with the CIO’s Lab Directors and Clinical Director to fulfill the scientific and institutional missions of the Center.  The Associate Director will be responsible for overall Center research operations and will help prioritize, plan, and coordinate projects within the CIO and with academic, industry, and other collaborators.


  • Oversee and coordinate wet lab, informatics, and operational activities across the Center’s various teams and labs (e.g., Immune Assessment Lab, Tissue Biomarker Lab, Translational Immunogenomics Lab, Informatics Team, Clinical Trial Team, etc.).
  • Assist with the prioritization, selection, and design of CIO research projects and trials.
  • Ensure the successful and timely execution of Center projects, working with lead scientific personnel to anticipate, identify, and resolve issues on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide oversight for the Center’s project management and informatics staff. Work with the Lab Directors to provide oversight and training for scientific staff, as needed.
  • Act as a liaison, working with faculty and staff (within and outside the center) to coordinate CIO activities across multiple labs and centers at DFCI and other institutions (e.g., DF/BWCC Disease Centers, labs, strategic centers, cores, groups/departments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, etc.)
  • Work with CIO leadership to identify new technologies, methods, and/or innovations that may accelerate or improve immuno-oncology research and care and direct studies in high-priority areas.
  • Partner with research scientists and other scientific staff (within and outside the Center) to conduct new method/technology/tool development, validation and/or proof-of-concept studies.
  • Work with CIO leadership to develop industry partnerships. Serve as the chief interface between the CIO and academic/industry collaborators for review, design, execution, and reporting of ongoing project activities. 
  • Oversee the development of the CIO’s informatics and other research infrastructure
  • Author or co-author scientific manuscripts. Assist with grant writing and progress reports.  
  • Prepare development proposals and reports
  • Present research results on behalf of the CIO at scientific meetings and related venues.


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.


The CIO Associate Director must fulfill the following requirements:

  • PhD or MD level education; at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience is preferred; prior leadership of large research projects is preferred
  • Experience working in laboratories with a concentration in immunology and immunotherapies.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies and emerging technologies in flow cytometry, CyTOF, immunogenomics, and biomarkers preferred.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial operations and correlative analyses preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with bioinformatics, data analysis, and other informatics disciplines
  • Highly organized and self-directed - works well in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of individuals—from trainees to senior leaders—in both academics and industry
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and skills, including a willingness to take risks
  • Capable of highly-independent work as well as being a team player and role model
  • Strong organizational, project management and supervisory skills, with the demonstrated ability to develop and manage complex projects in a matrix environment
  • Superior communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong attention to detail


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