Research Technician - Translational Immunogenomics Lab
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 2023-36036
A full-time position is available for a highly motivated research technician at the DFCI Translational Immunogenomics Laboratory (TIGL). The Translational Immunogenomics Laboratory (TIGL) was established to assist??investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and its partners in advancing cancer immunotherapy research through state-of-the-art systems for molecular and cellular analysis of immune response to cancer therapeutics. TIGL also is an integral part of the DFCI Personalized Cancer Vaccine Center, and all the patient samples from a portfolio of ongoing clinical trials in personal neoantigen-targeting cancer vaccines are analyzed in a centralized fashion at TIGL.
The technician will contribute to new technologies for characterizing T cell specificity and neoantigen peptide properties in cancer and infectious disease. The laboratory uses various techniques in immunology, cell culture, molecular biology, protein engineering, and mass-spectrometry to develop and scale high throughput methods for mapping the antigen specificity of millions of T cells using single-cell RNA sequencing. The technician will be responsible for immune monitoring of these active personalized cancer vaccine trials, and engaged in protein purification, preparing samples for mass-spectrometry, and conduct cellular immunology workflows, including flow cytometry and single-cell RNA seq. The technician should have excellent record-keeping skills and a drive to contribute to developing new methods in single-cell immune cell profiling. Training is available in all protocols and procedures; experience with basic techniques in cell culture and biology is strongly preferred.??
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 candidate will be expected to independently carry out essential research functions in the laboratory that include but are not limited to experience in cell and molecular biology techniques.
Specifically, the candidate is expected to:
contribute to a portfolio of research projects with supervision and mentoring from the TIGL Immunology Lead
provide intellectual and interactive commitment to the position by keeping up with appropriate literature and research publications;
design and execute standardized molecular, immunological, microbiological or biochemical experiments including the collection of information and samples from blood and tissue
analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings including grant preparation, presentations, and co-authored publications;
participate in formal and informal presentations of results to laboratory and staff
participate in grant application process and manuscript preparation as required;
collaborate well with laboratory members and broader DFCI and Boston scientific community
maintain detailed notebooks of all work-related activities;
monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with Environmental Health and Safety information, as well as the standard operating procedures specific to each laboratory.
set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain and troubleshoot equipment;
clean and maintain work areas
order supplies necessary to conduct experiments
be responsible for the development, modification and improvement of standard operating procedures;
use computers, computer-interfacing equipment, robotics or high-technology applications to perform work duties;
No supervisory responsibilities.?? Normally receives detailed instructions on all work.
The ideal candidate should possess strong communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to perform in a team environment. An interest in pursuing advanced education in MD, PhD, or MD-PhD programs in the future is preferred. In addition,
The position requires:
a bachelor's degree, with a major in biology or chemistry preferred;
previous laboratory experience, with work in cell culture;
knowledge of information and techniques related to either biology, chemistry or medicine is preferred;
excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to work with a wide variety of faculty and staff;
the ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems;
strong attention to detail and thorough completion of work tasks; and
the 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 groups as protected by law.
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 under-served members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.