Brown Lab Research Technician

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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.


  • Logs in research samples for cryopreservation and storage
  • Processes research samples for cryopreservation and storage
  • Enters sample information into database and performs sample searches
  • Retrieves samples and data from other departments, as required
  • Catalogs and maintains sample inventory in logs, notebooks and databases
  • Assist with the distribution and shipment of samples for special protocols
  • Performs low complexity lab procedures with appropriate training, including DNA and RNA extractions as needed. 
  • Assists other lab staff, as required
  • Performs various quality control procedures on equipment and reports unexpected findings to the appropriate supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned

All staff need to perform and document daily assigned tasks during their shift, such as equipment maintenance, checking supplies stock and centrifuge cleaning. 

Ability to use computers, centrifuges, pipettes, LN2 tanks, microscope and other lab equipment as it becomes available.   Extensive work performed under a hood utilizing sterile conditions.  Lab coats and gloves to be worn.  Handling of blood, bone marrow and saliva samples. Work in a lab following all OSHA and Safety guidelines as well as utilizing Universal Precautions.  Works in high volume busy lab setting which can be stressful at times. 

Performs tasks under general supervision.  Able to work independently and as a team player.  Follows established procedures after appropriate training.  Seeks advice for aberrant occurrences.

Good working relationship with the Brown and Davids laboratory members, as well as with the research staff of the CLL/Lymphoma clinical research program and the central hospital laboratories.

Fridays might be a later shift.


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.

  • Bachelor’s degree required with a major in Biology or Chemistry preferred.
  • Previous laboratory experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of computer systems desired.

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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