Lead Research Associate, in vivo

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

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Full time


The Lead Research Technician role will assist scientists in performing scientific research, development and/or clinical tasks of varying complexity. In general, they will assist in the set up, operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment, monitoring experiments, making observations and calculating and recording results.

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.


  • Job Responsibilities

    · Assist with the establishment and maintenance of mouse cancer models (e.g. by injection or minor / major surgery).

    · Build of syngeneic, xenograft, PDX and orthotopic mouse cancer models

    · Perform mouse in vivo animal procedures, including dosing animals by various routes (e.g. oral, intravenous, intraperitoneal, etc), measuring tumors by calipers, non-invasive imaging (bioluminescent imaging)

    · Perform efficacy and tolerability testing in mouse cancer models

    · Breeding and genotyping of GEMMs

    · Animal health monitoring

    · Mouse necropsy and tissue collection

    · Routine handling, restraint, identification (including ear notching, tagging, tattooing, and toe clipping) and sexing of common laboratory animals. Ability to distinguish various common laboratory animal strains in accordance with standardized genetic nomenclature and phenotype identification.

    · Cell culturing techniques and subcutaneous implantation of cell and tumor grafts

    · Data recording, data analysis, reporting and interpretation

    · Contribute to overall vivarium organization and IACUC protocols


  • Minimum Qualifications

    · BS in biological sciences or equivalent

    · LAT certification preferred

    · 3-5 year research experience in academic and/or pharmaceutical/biotech environment required

    · Ability to work in a team environment

  • Working Conditions: (include physical efforts when necessary)

    · After receiving specific training, this position will be required to occasionally work in the ABSL-2/3 suite treating and monitoring study animals.

    · All aspects of this position expose personnel to animal fur and dander, which may be hazardous to those with allergic conditions. Disinfectants, detergents and soaps are used in the daily sanitation assignments.

    · Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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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