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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 Viswanathan lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive genitourinary malignancies, particularly prostate and kidney cancers. We employ a variety of cutting-edge genomic and functional genetic technologies to understand the drivers of these cancers with the goal of identifying new therapeutic targets.

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.

  • Responsibilities:

  • Specific duties would include:

  • Tissue culture of human cancer cells

  • DNA cloning and sequencing

  • Design and use of reagents for genome engineering with CRISPR/Cas9 technology

  • Extraction and analysis of DNA and RNA, including PCR, quantitative PCR, RT-PCR, and sequencing

  • Protein assays including immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting

  • Flow cytometry

  • Presenting findings at internal (DFCI) meetings

  • Maintenance of general lab supplies, consumables and equipment

  • Ordering/cataloging of laboratories supplies and reagents

  • Other research or organizational duties, as appropriate

Additonal responsibiities related to the pathogenesis of prostate or kidney cancer under the close mentorship of the principal investigator and/or postdoctoral fellows/staff. There will also be some responsibilities related to lab management/administration, including maintenance of laboratory equipment and reagent inventories


  • BA/BS with major in biology or a related field strongly preferred.

  • Prior laboratory experience in molecular biology/biochemistry strongly preferred.

  • Candidates with future plans to attend MD, PhD, or MD/PhD programs after a period in the lab are very strongly encouraged to apply

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a collaborative attitude

  • Detail-oriented with meticulous record keeping and excellent organizational skills.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, organized, detailed orientated, able to work both independently and as part of a team, and adaptable to a fast-paced research 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: 2019-16169

Grade: 17

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