Animal Technologist II

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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 technical support to researchers, assists the Attending Veterinarian with clinical care and treatment of research animals, and provides training to the DFCI research community and ARF husbandry staff. 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 regulations and guidelines pertaining to the use of laboratory animals. 


  1. Responsibilities include but are not limited to performing breeding colony management, injections (IV, IP, SC, IM, ID), blood sampling techniques, necropsy, immunization, minor surgical procedures, tumor measurements, bone marrow transplants, and gamma irradiation or research animals. Must be able to work in Animal Biosafety Level (ABSL) 2/3 assisting researchers with technical support. ABSL-2/3 work may involve working with human pathogen (such as TB and HIV)-infected mice. 
  2. Assists the ARF Manager of Technical Services with training DFIC researchers and ARF husbandry staff in proper handling, restraint, euthanasia and technical procedures according to IACUC-approved standard operating procedures, policies and guidelines.
  3. Examines sick and/or wounded animals, recommends treatment/euthanasia and refers to Technical Services Manager and/or Attending Veterinarian. Responsible for maintaining animal health records for on-going treatments in the HMR/IACUC database.
  4. Maintains the monthly sentinel monitoring program which on Charles River Labs ILIMS database, correctly identifies sentinel animals, orders new replacement sentinel animals, and packs and ships animals to Charles River Laboratories for rodent pathogen testing.
  5. Responsible for maintaining accurate records and data entries, including but not limited to tracking time spent performing technical services, breeding colony management, anesthesia machine maintenance records, ordering/receiving sentinel animals, animal holding room census collection and animal disposition logs. 
  6. Requires basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and other related software.
  7. Attends to Emergency Separation notices, ensuring timely separation of overcrowded cages. Assures that associated charges are entered into Technical Services ARF Census database. 
  8. Maintains inventory of supplies/materials/equipment, including anesthesia machines, surgical instruments, heat lamps, restrainers, scales etc., and keeping track of equipment loaned to investigators.


  • High school diploma required. A BA/BS in Animal Science or related life science preferred.
  • LATG preferred. Certification required within first year of acquiring position.
  • 3-4 years of work experience in small animal studies in academia or industry preferred.
  • Proficiency in animal studies including IP, IV, SQ injections, oral gavage, blood collection, and minor surgical procedures (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. 
  • Must be able to search the IACUC database to review approved animal protocol procedures for Technical Service Requests from investigators.
  • Completion of the DFCI Radiation and Animal Biosafety Courses will be required before working on and animal biosafety studies.
  • Previous experience working with infectious agents (ABSL-2/3 level) would be helpful but is not required. In-house intensive training will be provided prior to working in ABSL-2/3 animal suite.
  • Able to write technical standard operating procedures, polices and guidelines to support Animal Resources Facility, DFCI researchers and the IACUC.

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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