Research Technician - Engelman Lab

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 100% onsite


Primary duties for the Research Technician role in the Engelman lab include assisting senior scientists in performing scientific research. Individuals will be trained in specific basic science laboratory techniques, with the goal to become semi-independent in laboratory technique performance. The work will primarily entail animal cell tissue culture, working with HIV virus stocks and antiviral inhibitors, and also establishing assays to test for specific virus-host interactions. Successful accomplishment of job tasks is likely to result in published co-authorships on laboratory papers.

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.


  • Work closely with senior scientific staff to learn specific basic science laboratory techniques, including:
  • Animal cell tissue culture techniques.
  • Generation and maintenance of HIV virus stocks.
  • Assessment of HIV infection and inhibition by antiviral inhibitors.
  • Western immunoblotting and luciferase enzymatic assays.
  • Analyze and statistically parse experimental data. Interpret results and prepare figures for presentations and publications.
  • Participate/present results to staff at laboratory group meetings.
  • Maintain detailed notebook and electronic files of all work-related activities.
  • Learn basic computer skills for instrument operation and for figure compilation and statistical analyses.


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 HIV and cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Infectious diseases and cancer know 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.

  • Bachelor's Degree required with a major in biology or chemistry preferred.
  • Knowledge of information and techniques related to molecular biology and microbiology is preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and be able to work with a wide variety of faculty and staff.
  • Ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Must have attention to detail and be thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Ability to work within a team environment.
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