Frontline Support Engineer

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/29/2018 11:52 AM)
Job ID
IT/Health IT/Informatics
full time


Within the Computational Solutions team under the Chief Health Information Office, the Frontline Support Engineer will serve the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and its patients by providing direct technical assistance to faculty and research staff. The position is part of a specialized group of support engineers closely engaged with the research departments, bringing practical computer expertise in support of cutting edge bio-medical research.


The successful candidate will provide hands-on support to end users and will help administer and integrate the organization's desktop computers in a multi-platform, multi-protocol and multi-operating system environment. The responsibilities will include active monitoring and fast response to help desk requests such as to ensure high system availability to all users with minimal interruptions.


The role requires a strong technical background with hands-on experience and proficiency in modern desktop operating systems and configuration management technologies, experience supporting scientific users and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a research focused multidisciplinary environment. 



  • Provide direct user assistance in addressing technical issues related to the Institute’s multi-platform and multi-operating system desktop environment.
  • Maintain desktop hardware and software installations, including laboratory Windows/Mac computer networks.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software or other desktop and system problems, including hands-on replacement of defective components where appropriate.
  • Monitor help desk queue and take necessary actions in coordination with the rest of the support team as well as other enterprise departments, to ensure high availability of research computing resources for all users.
  • Facilitate and monitor regular data backups and promote safe data practices among the research community.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement desktop security measures and policies to protect data, software, and hardware.
  • Collect metrics on the volume and quality of the support activities and work closely with internal administrative staff regarding regular data reporting and internal charges.
  • Create scripts to automate and streamline computer deployment and management.
  • Work closely with the scientific staff to anticipate requirements for computational infrastructure and help management to plan accordingly.
  • May investigate vendor products and recommend purchase of desktop hardware and software.
  • Represent the department to internal user groups.
  • May be responsible for user training sessions, training materials and documents.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned / needed



  • 2+ year experience in user facing technical support roles.
  • Bachelor’s degree in software engineering or related field, or equivalent industry experience.


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