Cytometry Technologist I

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


The DFCI Cytometry Cores provide expertise and access to cutting-edge Flow and Mass Cytometry in a shared use setting. The Cytometry Technologist I will receive on the job training in performing flow cytometric analysis, sorting and immunophenotyping by mass cytometry (CyTOF). We are seeking a dynamic technician to assume responsibilities including the operation, calibration and maintenance of Cell Sorters and Analyzers along with (2) XT Mass Cytometers, data acquisition, analysis, and documentation of results. Becoming part of this Core’s team enables you to provide the highest quality scientific service to the Dana Farber Research Community.

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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.


Technical Duties and Responsibilities: Once trained

  • Operation and maintenance of fluorescence-activated cell analyzers, cell sorters, and mass cytometers including data acquisition for patient and research samples, calibration, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Operation of cytometer-related computer hardware and software.
  • Preparation and immunophenotyping of human cellular products for use in research protocols according to lab procedures.
  • Data analysis, documentation, and maintenance of results according to lab SOPs.
  • Performs cell culture & aseptic technique for cell sorting.
  • Perform preventive maintenance of equipment and instrumentation.
  • Organize and prioritize multiple technical tasks with max efficiency and minimal waste.
  • Assume responsibility to train and assist researchers within the core.

QA/QC/Regulatory Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform and document QC/QA activities as defined in policies & SOPs. 
  • Maintains records of procedures and resultant data, both manually and on computer.
  • Work within the Flow Cytometry Core and Mass Cytometry Core guidelines and adheres to all regulatory standards within the Cytometry Core Facilities.
  • Ability to enter & retrieve data from computer data bases & spreadsheets.



  1. Position requires an ongoing commitment to upgrading of job skills. Must be able to work closely with others & possess solid interpersonal & communication skills.
  2. Capable of working in a fast-paced environment; effective in a diverse work group; willing to work in a rapidly changing work unit.
  3. Able to work independently, capable of handling stress of producing accurate results under time constraints; willing to accommodate schedule adjustments.
  4. Must possess good judgment, technical & problem solving and analytical skills.
  5. The ability to be flexible & adaptable to changing technology.
  6. Biological Research experience, culture lab experience preferred but not required.
  7. General lab skills and knowledge of lab safety and infection control.
  8. Assume responsibility to assist others in the lab on a regular basis.


  • BS/BA in a Biological Science or related field preferred. 

  • Minimum 0-2-year experience in a research Flow Cytometry or Mass Spectrometry laboratory setting. 

  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment; effective in a diverse work group. 
  • Must possess good judgment, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Requires attention to detail and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with staff and physicians. 
  • Must be able to work independently. Excellent interpersonal skills are necessary. 
  • General lab skills and knowledge of lab safety.
  • Knowledge & understanding of the policies & procedures of the lab.

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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