Cancer Immunology / Chemical Immunology Research Fellow

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


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Full time

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Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


Available postdoctoral position in “Cancer Immunology / Chemical Immunology” at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School in Dr. Rashidian lab 

Our lab is focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms of how the tumor microenvironment is shaped and is changed in response to cancer immunotherapies. Furthermore, the lab aims to develop new and improved diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic tools to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer. The lab is currently seeking to hire a highly motivated individual nearing completion of his/her Ph.D., or interested in having a second postdoc, and available to start at summer/fall of 2021. Prospective candidates with the following skillsets are encouraged to apply: immunology, nanomedicine, molecular biology, chemical biology, and biochemistry. Our lab is highly collaborative, and the postdoc will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with a diverse group of scientists including immunologists, molecular biologists, and chemists. The compensation will be very competitive while also affording opportunities to be a co-author on several basic science and translational manuscripts. 

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The lab’s research interests lie in understanding how the immune system responds to cancer and cancer treatment, the possibility to reshape the tumor microenvironment to a more anti-tumor status, and developing the requisite tools to make this possible. We are also interested in developing precision therapeutics for autoimmune disease. In this effort, the lab bridges knowledge of cancer immunology and chemical biology, a unique combination. 

The lab uses techniques, such as synthetic biology, protein engineering, noninvasive immuno-PET imaging, two-photon microscopy, flow cytometry, RNA sequencing, single-cell RNA sequencing, organic chemistry, and peptide synthesis to tackle the issues.  

Trainees will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation throughout the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, as well as resources available through collaborations at the Boston area including MIT and the Koch Institute. 

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


Working conditions: Applicants are expected to perform experiments, operate scientific equipment, teach/train other research staff, design experiments, publish manuscripts, and present findings at research conferences. Excellent scientific writing ability, strong oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues in a friendly environment are expected. The initial appointment is for one year. Renewal for 3-4- years is expected based on mutual agreement. 



  • Strong publication track record 
  • A doctoral degree in Immunology, Molecular biology, Chemical Biology, or a similar field. 
  • Personal capabilities: Creative thinking, ability to work independently, willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks are expected. Priority goes to highly motivated and organized individuals committed to doing impactful research, with great attention to detail and excellent organization and team-work skills. 
  • Excellent writing skills for article writing 
  • Phd or MD

Applicants should submit their CV and contact information for 3-5 referees as a single pdf file. Applications will be considered immediately. 

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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