Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Technician - Davids Lab 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.

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.


We are currently seeking a Research Operation Coordinator to join our team in the Davids Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School. This position includes but is not limited to: managing basic lab functions (such as ordering and stocking), overseeing and troubleshooting daily activities in the lab, helping to manage Dr. Davids’ schedule, assisting Dr. Davids with academic tasks, and doing wet laboratory work. We are seeking a highly-motivated and independent individual who is organized, good at problem solving, and preferably has prior experience as a research technician. The position requires good time management skills, as it combines two different roles: lab administrator and lab technician. The candidate will spend approximately half of the time managing the lab and assisting Dr. Davids and the other half working in the lab. The candidate will be doing wet lab work involving testing compounds on primary samples from patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After completing training, the candidate will be expected to independently carry out essential research functions in the laboratory, such as primary sample processing including tumor dissociation, standard cell culture, flow cytometry studies, and other tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a translational cancer research lab that is focused on improving patient therapy and bringing new treatments to the clinic in the dynamic and vibrant academic atmosphere of Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School. We are preferably looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in the sciences.

  • 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.

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: 2018-12467

Grade: 17

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