Immunology/Cancer Immunology Research Fellow

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

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Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


The Rashidian lab ( is hiring for a postdoctoral position researching immunology or cancer immunology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School. The team is currently seeking to hire a highly motivated individual available to start as soon as possible.

The lab is focused on 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. Furthermore, the lab aims to develop new and improved diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic tools to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer. Also interested in developing precision therapeutics for autoimmune diseases. In this effort, the lab bridges knowledge of cancer immunology and chemical biology, a unique combination.

The lab is highly collaborative, and the research fellow will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with a diverse group of scientists including immunologists, and molecular biologists. There will also be the opportunity to be a co-author on several basic science and translational manuscripts.

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 physicians/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


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 with the expectation to discuss and agree upon renewal.

Trainees will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation throughout the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School. The lab uses techniques, such as synthetic biology, protein engineering, flow cytometry, noninvasive immuno-PET imaging, two-photon microscopy, RNA sequencing, single-cell RNA sequencing, and peptide synthesis to tackle the issues.


  • Doctoral degree in Immunology, Molecular biology, or a similar field
  • Strong writing skills and publication track record (at least one first-author publication is required)
  • Experience with preclinical mice models is required
  • Creative thinking, ability to work independently, willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks are expected
  • Great attention to detail as well as excellent organization and teamwork skills

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

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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