Research Assistant

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


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.


The Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is looking to hire a self-motivated individual for a non-laboratory research assistant position. The research assistant will work with a medical oncology researcher who focuses on health services and outcomes for patients with hematologic malignancies. One specific project is testing a human-in-the-loop avatar to help educate patients during their hospital stay; another is the Older Adult Hematologic Malignancy (OHM) program, in which the research assistant will assess older patients presenting in the blood cancer clinic for frailty. The research assistant will also assist with other projects as they arise. This is an excellent opportunity for a person who is applying for graduate school in the medical field within the next two years and wants hands-on research experience.

  • Assessing patients in clinic and in the hospital 

  • Maintaining study databases 

  • Reviewing medical records

  • Working with the IRB 

  • Writing literature reviews.


  • B.A. or B.S. in any field
  • Previous experience in biomedical or other quantitative or interview research
  • Computer skills, including prior use of Microsoft Office products
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to relate effectively in-person and on the telephone to diverse groups of physicians and patients
  • Capability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in teams as well as independently
  • Interest or experience in the biological sciences, psychology, statistics/applied mathematics, health policy or political science is a plus

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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