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Research Technician

Research Technician
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
Full Time
A full-time position is available for a highly motivated research technician to contribute to the development of cell-free DNA assays in lymphoma research in the Mark Murakami Lab. The laboratory uses various techniques in molecular biology and computational and chemistry approaches to design assays that can detect low levels of cancer DNA from the peripheral blood. The appointee to this position will be part of a translational research team in lymphoma research between the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Mark Murakami Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The two exciting projects that the appointee will be involved in are the development of cfDNA assays to detect HIV-related lymphoma and minimal residual disease in Follicular lymphoma. In South Africa, at the University of Cape Town, Katherine Antel is establishing an independent research group while working remotely in Mark’s lab. We look forward to strengthening collaborations between the two institutions while pursuing project aims.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the development of cfDNA panels and NGS library construction strategies, and to contribute to multiple projects of direct biomedical relevance. This position demands exceptional attention to detail and the ability to follow and interpret complex and lengthy molecular biology protocols precisely. The successful applicant will be well organized, focused, and able to work efficiently on multiple tasks with deadlines. The work environment is highly collaborative, thus optimal candidates will work well as part of a team, and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.
·        Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain and troubleshoot equipment.
·        Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas and may be responsible for ordering of supplies. Collaborates with Purchasing and may be responsible for negotiating with vendors.
·        Conduct standardized biological, microbiological, or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses, including the collection of information and samples from organic substances, such as blood, drugs, and animals.
·        Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.
·        Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings, including grant preparation and presentations, and look for opportunities to co-author publications. May be expected to participate in formal and information presentations of results to staff. 
·        Participate in grant application process and manuscript preparation as required.
·        Maintains detailed notebook of all work-related activities.
·        Monitors laboratory work to ensure compliance with Environmental Health and Safety information as well as the standard operation procedures specific to each laboratory.
·        Expected to provide intellectual and interactive commitment to position by keeping up with appropriate literature and research publications.
·        May be responsible for the development, modification, and improvement of standard operating procedures.
·        Uses computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics, or high-technology applications to perform work duties.
·        May be responsible for designing and executing advanced experiments and setting strategy. 
·        May be responsible for the examination of animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.
·        May be responsible for monitoring laboratory budgets.
·        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.

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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.

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.

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.