Research Associate

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

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Full time


Research Associate

The Robert and Renée Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science is an integrative research center within Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our mission is to accelerate Oncology drug discovery & development. We work with both industry and academic partners and apply industrial capabilities to cutting edge academic/clinical oncology research.

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Position Summary: The  Research Associate will work closely with the preclinical and clinical scientists to design and execute oncology related mouse studies using bioluminescence (BLI) imaging as well as the entire spectrum of conventional (e.g., caliper measurements, clinical scoring) endpoints to evaluate pre-clinical novel cancer therapies. Must be able to work in a team environment and contribute to other studies. May be asked to assist in some technical support duties. Must be able to understand and follow the Animal Resource Facilities standard operating procedures and DFCI institutional guidelines and policies. Individual must understand and follow the local, state, federal and regulations and guidelines. The candidate will be part of project teams focused on identifying novel targets and therapies for cancer drug development. He/ She will contribute hands-on to the execution of both in vivo and ex vivo PD Biomarker studies in mouse models of cancer.

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

    • We are seeking a Research Associate to be part of a project team focused on discovering, translating, and developing next generation therapeutics using cutting edge technologies (3D Organotypic spheroids, Flow cytometry, single cell RNAseq)
      • Perform laboratory experiments and conduct data analysis
      • Generate reliable and reproducible data
      • Design experiments and execute on protocols; propose modification to protocols as needed
      • Maintain accurate records, write reports, and prepare presentations
      • Contribute to project team as well as overall laboratory organization and safety


Required Qualifications
• BS/MS in biological sciences or equivalent
• 1-2 years research experience in academic and/or pharmaceutical/biotech environment
• Experience working in molecular biology, cell biology, or biochemistry
• Curiosity about science and a willingness to relentlessly think about ways to cure cancer

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with mammalian cell culture
• Experience with routine molecular biology techniques
• Independent, self-motivated and innovative
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Outstanding interpersonal and team skills
• Ability to excel in a goal-oriented, multifaceted and fast-moving team environment
• Basic immunology and experience with microscopy and flow cytometry a plus

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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