Research Scientist II - Pediatric Oncology Stegmaier Lab

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 4-5 days onsite/week


We are currently seeking an experienced scientist who will foster relationships, advance operations, and facilitate scientific research that leads to breakthroughs in pediatric cancer treatment. 

The Stegmaier lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is co-leading a collaboration with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Broad Institute to accelerate scientific discovery for pediatric cancer. This project is called the Pediatric Cancer Dependency Map Accelerator (PedDep). The individual who fills this role will be critical to the success of this collaboration.  The person will also lead the laboratory operations of the Stegmaier lab together with Dr. Stegmaier.

The candidate will be expected to have a deep understanding of science, preferably with experience in cancer research and/or large genomic projects. They will be adept at developing and maintaining close relationships with key stakeholders within the DFCI and external partners.

This individual will support progression of the scientific work associated with PedDep through active management in partnership with project leaders. They will join an existing operations team composed of representative scientists from St. Jude and the Broad Institute. They will work together to proactively identify and solve roadblocks across institutions/groups, track and monitor budgets, ensure timelines are met, report results and manage progress reports. Finally, this person will ensure that contractual obligations are met.


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 responsibilities associated with PedDep include:

  • Ensure success of the milestones associated with the PedDep project.
  • Integrate activities across complex groups to maximize success of the overall project with a goal of ultimate patient impact.
  • Ensure effective governance of the collaboration by engaging all the stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective communication between project leadership, both within the DFCI and between DFCI and all partners.
  • Manage overall budget and oversee resource allocation across the project in collaboration with the grant office. Work with leadership and principal investigators to track and monitor budgets, develop and meet timelines, and to proactively identify and solve roadblocks.
  • Manage the internal relationships within DFCI to oversee the overall project objectives.
  • Works closely with the legal team to ensure contractual obligations are met.

The responsibilities associated with the broader laboratory management:

  • Oversee and manage daily laboratory operations including laboratory supplies.
  • Coordinate with staff, facilities, environmental health and safety, and IT support.
  • Ensure the lab operates with updated training, standards, and practices within the lab space, including onboarding of new lab staff.
  • Ensure state-of-the-art lab equipment for the scientists and optimize the management of lab space.
  • Liaison with DFCI Central Administration including Grants and Contracts, Finance, EHS, and the Office of Innovation.
  • Ample opportunities for scientific writing, depending on the interests and aptitude of the selected candidate.



  • PhD or master’s degree in biology, chemistry, biomedical science or related, with experience in complex scientific projects is preferred.
  • Experience in project management or lab operations.
  • Excellent communication and people skills.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work with evolving priorities.
  • Team player who can work independently and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Enjoys working with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter and independent.


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 characteristics protected by law.

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