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.
This position will assist scientists in performing scientific research, development and/or clinical tasks of varying complexity. In general, this position will assist in the set up, operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment, monitoring experiments, making observations and calculating and recording results.
A team of translational researchers led by Dr. Rameen Beroukhim at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (with co-affiliation with the Broad Institute) seeks a research assistant to join in efforts to apply cutting-edge genomic technologies to determine optimal treatment strategies for patients with brain cancers, with a particular focus on childhood cancers. The aim of these efforts is to perform translational research to develop new therapies to improve outcomes of patients diagnosed with these tumors. The work will be highly translational and span efforts from acquiring patient samples to generating and analyzing high-throughput datasets from those samples. To that end, the individual will engage in experiments that utilize molecular biology techniques such as cell culture methods, recombinant DNA and gene transfer technology, and other cell biology assays (Western blots, immunoprecipitation, flow cytometry etc.). They will also will engage in experiments involving genomic DNA/RNA isolation from cancer tissue and preparation of samples for next generation sequencing. There will be opportunities to learn and assist in computational methods of analysis. The individual will also assist in daily laboratory operations and organization.
A minimum of a Bachelors Degree or equivalent is required, preferably in the Biological, Biochemical Sciences or Computational Sciences. Prior research experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, or genetics is preferred. Experience with tissue culture, DNA/RNA purification, PCR amplification, subcloning, retroviral transfection; or computational coding, data management, and statistical analysis is a plus. The ideal candidate will be passionate about scientific discovery, a team player and, enthusiastic about scientific discovery to help improve patient outcomes, and highly self-motivated. A two year availability is required, with appointment to commence in Summer/Fall 2018.
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.