Aquaculture Specialist

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 100% onsite


The primary purpose of the Aquaculture Specialist role is to provide high quality daily care and maintenance of fish used in research by the Insco Lab within the Zebrafish Facility at DFCI and assist with zebrafish related experiments. We are seeking an organized and curious team member who is motivated to contribute to cancer research using zebrafish. Prior zebrafish experience is a plus but not required.

This role offers an unusual opportunity to contribute to the early stages of an exciting new laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Insco Lab is pursuing cutting-edge research to discover new treatments for melanoma patients. We are looking to hire someone with a “start up” mindset who is willing to pitch in to help us to continually improve and maintain excellence in our zebrafish facility.

We are hoping to hire someone who can start in June 2024.

Located in Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is a fantastic place to work. DFCI brings together world-renowned clinicians, innovative researchers, and dedicated professionals to work collaboratively towards conquering cancer. We aim to recruit talented individuals who enjoy working industriously in a positive team environment. We provide compassionate care to patients of all ages, conduct research to advance treatment of cancer patients, and we educate tomorrow’s leaders in all fields of biomedicine. We work collaboratively to create a diverse and fun work environment along with the other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  • Feeds populations of fish the proper type and amount of food, depending on life stage and experimental application.
  • Operates sophisticated recirculating aquaculture systems, as well as aquatics tank washers, and integrated electronic water quality monitoring systems, all observing standard operating procedures and safety guidelines. 
  • Performs and records daily animal health and welfare observations, communicating adverse findings to the appropriate Postdoctoral Zebrafish Representative (PZR).
  • Performs daily oversight and operation of aquaculture systems and communicates any problems to the Postdoctoral Zebrafish Representative (PZR).
  • Performs various husbandry tasks, including spawning, in-vitro fertilization, and other procedures that involve the handing of fish.
  • Directs husbandry maintenance of key shared lines via husbandry and genotyping.
  • Maintains the facility per IACUC and AAALAC requirements and coordinates preparation for inspections.
  • Keeps zebrafish standard operating protocols up-to-date.
  • Contributes to outreach involving the role of zebrafish as animal models of human disease.
  • Maintains live invertebrate cultures for feeding larval fish.
  • Performs and records all water quality testing.
  • Provides training on practices and procedures to new employees and scientific staff.
  • Monitors and optimizes supply needs and orders needed items in timely manner.
  • Serves as point-of-contact between researchers, vendors, and facilities.
  • Supports Insco Lab researchers by contributing to zebrafish experiments via spawning or making tumor observations.
  • Other tasks, based on scientific or operational needs, will be directed by the PZR or PI. 


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.

  • Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts typically acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree in Biology or a closely related field.
  • Work requires the analytical skills to identify highly complex problems requiring the application of clinical, scientific or technical principles, theories and concepts and in‑depth, cross‑functional experienced‑based knowledge.
  • Work requires excellent communication skills and the ability to interface effectively with people from a wide variety of social and educational backgrounds, including scientific staff, ARP staff, hospital engineering, and service/equipment vendors. 

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 characteristics protected by law.


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