Animal Technician

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Per diem

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The Animal Technician is responsible for performing various animal husbandry duties in conventional, immunodeficient and transgenic/knockout rodent colonies. In addition, the Animal Technician will maintain animal rooms, monitor rodent colonies, and perform technical duties which may include medical treatments of rodents with minor injuries, emergency separations, and euthanasia.

  • Changing rodent cages while strictly adhering to established SOPs. Administer special dietary formulations and medicated water to rodents as defined by research protocols.
  • Maintaining animal rooms and other facility areas in accordance with accepted standards of sanitation. Procedures involved include sweep, vacuum, wash walls, floors, equipment, and shelving according to schedules for these activities.
  • Monitoring rodent colonies for sick or injured animals up to twice daily. Recording and reporting such findings in accordance with SOP via Manage Tasks and HMR system apps.
  • Operating and maintaining laboratory animal husbandry equipment including, but not limited to laminar flow work benches, biosafety cabinets/ hoods, ventilated air racks, autoclaves, sterilizers, and cage wash equipment. Reporting malfunctioning equipment immediately to supervisor.
  • Technical duties may include medical treatments of rodents with minor injuries, emergency separations, and euthanasia.
  • Proper record keeping including room logs and health monitoring reports (HMR) as required. This will include use of computerized data collections systems and apps for cage census and health monitoring.
  • Required to document all tasks completed via ManageTasks, HMRs, Alerts, and Compliance reports as required.


  • Knowledge of animal care and husbandry, cleaning, independent work, phone/PDA usage.
  • Ability to work in an independent and organized manner as well as within a team.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail, communicate effectively to management, taking direction, and learn new tasks.
  • Ability to perform all duties while strictly adhering to established SOPs.
  • Basic computer skills for computerized record keeping in accordance with established procedures, (i.e., Manage Tasks, animal holding room census data collection, and other computerized logs and apps.


  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • 0 years’ experience required; 1 year working in an accredited/ non-accredited laboratory animal facility and/or veterinarian technician program preferred.
  • AALAS technician certification at the ALAT level is preferred but not required.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

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.

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