Research Fellow

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
Not Specified
August 19 2021
Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Fellowship


A full-time post-doctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Birgit Knoechel in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join our translational and basic research efforts. Our research focuses on 1) understanding epigenetic dependencies and heterogeneity in leukemia and how they relate to drug resistance with a particular focus on immunotherapies, 2) investigating epigenetic/transcriptional rewiring in cancer and how they relate to novel immune targets, 3) exploiting these to develop novel therapeutic approaches for translation into clinical care. The fellow will interact and collaborate closely with other laboratory-based scientists and computational biologists across the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the BROAD Institute, and will be involved in a series of research activities including cellular and molecular cancer biology; cancer epigenetics, and immunology.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute brings together world-renowned clinicians, innovative researchers, and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, 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 and the BROAD Institute.

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.



Job Qualifications

PhD, MD, or MD/PhD

Familiarity with laboratory techniques and principles of molecular biology, cancer epigenetics and immunology

Knowledge of computers and experience with databases

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment required

Minimum of two-year commitment is required.


Full-time opportunity beginning September 1, 2021, or later



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.

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