Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 100% onsite


The Research Technician position will assist scientists in performing scientific research, development and/or clinical tasks of varying complexity. In general, this position 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.


  • A research assistant position is available to join the Hill Laboratory in the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist to work on our existing and upcoming projects.

    Our group studies the way ovarian and endometrial cancers respond to therapy and how the entire tumor changes over time, especially with respect to DNA damage repair defects in the tumor cells. We utilize complex ex vivo models of these tumors containing a full complement of tumor and normal cells to understand drug response and tumor evolution in real time. We aim to more fully characterize how evolving DNA damage repair defects in tumors cells change the entire tumor response to different therapies and lead to complex mechanisms of therapy resistance; develop methods to combat this resistance; and utilize our findings to design and implement better treatments in these deadly forms of women’s cancer.


    Characteristic duties:

    • Technical proficiency, strong work ethic, collaboration with others and desire to learn.
    • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
    • Design, conduct, and troubleshoot hypothesis-testing experiments.
    • Maintain detailed and understandable lab notebooks.
    • Interpret and discuss research findings with lab members and the principal investigator.


  • Qualifications

    Accomplished and motivated candidates will have a B.A. in biomedical sciences and those with significant experience in molecular biology and cell biology are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in molecular biology, cell and/or organoid culturing techniques, protein expression, and murine models of cancer are desired but can also be learned.

    Clear thinking and communication skills are absolutely needed. A record of scientific accomplishment as shown by a senior thesis or time in a lab are desired.

  • Bachelor's Degree required with a major in biology or chemistry preferred. 
  • Knowledge of information and techniques related to either biology, chemistry, or medicine 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.

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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