Animal Technologist I

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Technician/Scientist

Employment Type:
Full time

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.

This position reports directly to the Animal Resources Facility (ARF) Technical Services Manager. Key responsibilities: individual provides animal clinical care and treatment to research animals as prescribed by the ARF Technologist II and as directed by the Technical Services Manager or Attending Veterinarian. Under the direction of the Technologist II may assist in packing and shipping sentinel animals to Charles River Laboratories for diagnostic testing. Must be able to sex and wean mice, and identify animals by ear punch, ear tag number or toe clip.  Maybe asked to assist in some technical support duties. Must be able to understand and follow ARF standard operating procedures and DFCI institutional guidelines and policies. Individual must understand and follow the local, state, federal and regulations and guidelines.


  1. Routine handling, restraint, identification (including ear notching, tagging, tattooing, and toe clipping) and sexing of common laboratory animals. Ability to distinguish various common laboratory animal strains in accordance with standardized genetic nomenclature and phenotype identification. 
  2. Responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate records, including but not limited to breeding records, health monitoring reports, receipt of sentinel animals and animal disposition logs. Requires a working knowledge of basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and other related software. 
  3. Responsible for monitoring animal colonies for injured, sick, moribund, or dead animals and recording/reporting any findings. Responsible for maintaining animal health records for on-going treatments in the HMR/IACUC database.
  4. Monitoring Emergency Separation Notices, separating overcrowded cages as necessary, transcribing correct animal information onto cage cards after separations, and entering information accurately into Technical Services database. 
  5. Assists the Technologists II in collection of sentinel animals. This includes accurate sentinel animal identification (room/rack #) for scheduled shipment to Charles River Laboratories for pathogen testing. Blood collection and serum preparation for sentinel animals in ABSL-2/3 suite.
  6. Responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate records, including but not limited to; technical service records, animal census, sterilization logs, breeding records, transgenic data, anesthesia machine logs, animal receiving and disposition logs, etc. 
  7. Performs quarterly environmental testing of the animal facility, including equipment, surfaces and RO water.


  • High school diploma required. A BA/BS in Animal Science or related life science preferred.
  • LAT preferred.
  • 1-2 years of work experience in small animal studies in academia or industry preferred.
  • Knowledge in animal studies including IP, IV, SQ injections, oral gavage, blood collection, and minor surgical procedures preferred (e.g., renal capsule implants, mammary fat pad implants, prostate implants).
  • Prior preclinical PET/SPECT/CT, MRI, BLI and ultrasound experience preferred.
  • Must be organized and meticulous in record keeping.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required.
  • Individual must be able to safely handle, restrain, perform treatments and euthanize laboratory mice as directed. An understanding of mouse breeding colony maintenance required for establishing breeding colony pairs, sexing animals, weaning pups and entering colony data on cage cards and in computer database. 
  • Previous experience working with infectious agents (ABSL-2/3 level) would be helpful but not required. In-house training will be provided prior to working in ABSL-2/3 areas. 

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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