Clinical Lab Assistant

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 100% onsite


The Clinical Lab Assistant II independently performs more complex duties and tasks to support the Stem Cell Transplant Lab, Novel Cell Therapy Lab and Cellular Therapy Testing Lab.

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.


  • Follow aseptic technique and clean room procedures.
  • Perform and document daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly cleaning of lab equipment.
  • Transport samples throughout the lab and to labs outside of CMCF in-person or by utilizing PEVCO system.
  • Check supply kits for accuracy and expiration prior to being needed for processing.
  • Obtain additional supplies, as needed, for processing; document supplies provided on additional lot sheet.
  • Pick-up and enter data from cell infusion records at a variety of locations across Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital campus.
  • Perform routine Environmental Monitoring throughout all cleanrooms and ancillary areas. Compile data into reports to identify trends.
  • Inventory Management for Cellular Therapy Testing Laboratory. Perform counts and request orders in conjunction with review by lab management.
  • Transport products and samples between short- and long-term storage internally and externally, to/from
    JF-Ground and Smith 12, to/from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Kraft Family Donor Center and DFCI Lab Control.
  • Logs quality control samples in Freezerworks system and places in LN2 tanks for long term storage.
  • Prepare shipping containers for product shipment, may be responsible for labeling shipping containers.
  • Pulls vials as requested by Investigators and document on shipping/chain of custody forms and in systems.
  • Acts as a verifier of patient information during product receipt and release.
  • Performs Low Complexity Testing and documentation of results.
  • Works with other senior staff to manage product freezer inventory.


  • Works within the cGMP and cGTP guidelines and adheres to all regulatory standards within the Cell Manipulation Core Facility.


Participates in training of new clinical lab assistants.


Minimum Education:  High School diploma required; related Associates degree preferred.

Minimum Experience:  Two years of previous laboratory experience required, experience in an aseptic processing lab preferred.

License/Certification/Registration:  Lab Assistant certificate preferred.


  • Ability to performs tasks independently.
  • Ability to apply critical decision-making skills and apply good judgement.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Adheres to all applicable DFCI policies including safety, HPAA and Code of Conduct.
  • Ability to continually upgrade job skills.
  • Ability to work effectively independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to accommodate schedule adjustments, as well as off-shift and weekend assignments as workload dictates.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of lab safety and infection control

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 characteristics protected by law.

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