Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Technician in Boston, Massachusetts

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 Breast Tumor Immunology Laboratory is newly established at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, as part of an initiative to be the preeminent breast tumor immunology/immunotherapy program in the country. This laboratory will bridge the clinical breast oncology program with the basic and translation breast cancer immunology laboratory efforts at Dana-Farber under the supervision of the Director of the Breast Immuno-Oncology Program, Elizabeth Mittendorf, MD, PhD and the Director of the Breast Tumor Immunology Laboratory, Jennifer Guerriero, PhD. The laboratory will prioritize understanding resistance to T-cell immunotherapy, identification of novel immunotherapy targets, linking pre-clinical work to clinical trials, correlating clinical trial outcomes with changes in the tumor microenvironment and analyzing untreated tumors to inform pre-clinical work. The laboratory will emphasize translating laboratory findings into clinical trials.

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Drs. Mittendorf and Guerriero are seeking a qualified research technician to assist in research studying the breast tumor microenvironment. As a primary responsibility, the successful candidate will be expected to work closely with clinical investigators and oversee collection, processing, quality assessment and storage of clinical samples. Additionally, the successful candidate will work closely with postdoctoral or medical fellows in performing in vitro and in vivo experiments as well as the development and validation of culture systems and assays to study immunologic aspects of human or murine breast cancers. The successful candidate may also oversee daily activities in the laboratory including ordering and managing the laboratory space.

  • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

  • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas and may be responsible for ordering of supplies. Collaborates with Purchasing and may be responsible for negotiating with vendors.

  • Conduct standardized biological, microbiological or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses, including the collection of information and samples from organic substances, such as blood, drugs, and animals.

  • Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.

  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings, including grant preparation and presentations, and look for opportunities to co-author publications. May be expected to participate in formal and information presentations of results to staff.

  • Participate in grant application process and manuscript preparation as required.

  • Maintains detailed notebook of all work-related activities.

  • Monitors laboratory work to ensure compliance with Environmental Health and Safety information as well as the standard operation procedures specific to each laboratory.

  • Expected to provide intellectual and interactive commitment to position by keeping up with appropriate literature and research publications.

  • May be responsible for the development, modification and improvement of standard operating procedures.

  • Uses computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology applications to perform work duties.

  • May be responsible for designing and executing advanced experiments and setting strategy.

  • May be responsible for the examination of animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.

  • May be responsible for monitoring laboratory budgets.

The successful candidate must have a BA, BS, or MS degree in a relevant field and be highly motivated. We are looking for candidates with a minimum of two years of availability. This position is an exciting opportunity to work in a breast cancer research laboratory that is focused on rapidly improving breast cancer treatment. It is expected that a successful applicant will be an author on scientific publications.

Schedule: Full time, flexible. The hours of this position will vary to meet deadlines in order to complete experiments and achieve project goals in a timely fashion.

  • Bachelor's Degree required with a major in biology or chemistry preferred.

  • Knowledge of information and techniques related to either biology, chemistry, or medicine is preferred.

  • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and be able to work with a wide variety of faculty and staff.

  • Ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Must have attention to detail and be thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Ability to work within a team environment.

  • This position requires a minimum of a 2-year commitment

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.

Job ID: 2019-12802

Grade: 17

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org