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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Gene/Cell Immunotherapy

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Dec 12, 2021

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Life Sciences, Bioinformatics, Immunology
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc, Postdoc Fellowship
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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Gene/Cell Immunotherapy

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston, MA

Full Time

The Laboratory of Dr. Eric Smith, Director of Translational Research, Immune Effector Cell Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is recruiting a forward- thinking and innovative PhD scientist who shares the vision of advancing the field of immunotherapy via gene and cell therapies for rapid clinical translation of their work.  Post-doctoral research fellows will gain experience at every step of the process from conception to design using platforms such as lentiviral, CRISPR and/or mRNA based.  

Dr. Smith is deeply committed to the growth and success of each trainee that joins the lab. He believes that mentorship is not something that happens in the background as trainees pursue their research, but should be intentional and personalized for each member of the group. He spends the time to meet trainees' individual needs, not only in terms of their scientific growth, but also with a focus on career goals and development. The Smith Lab’s research is multi-disciplinary and exceedingly collaborative. Trainees will further benefit from Dr. Smith’s prior experience translating cell therapy inventions from the lab to the clinic, which has resulted in 9 awarded or pending patents, licensing/collaborations with industry, and multiple products stemming from bench work reaching patients.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, independent thinker with a tremendous work ethic.  The position will require great planning and organizational skills. An ability to work well with others as part of a cohesive team, take initiative, and creatively problem solve are a must.

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 responsibilities of this full-time position will also include some general lab duties as outlined below.

  • Design and perform experiments both individually and collaboratively.
  • Prioritize research plan.
  • Provide advice and training for junior members of the lab.
  • Work on problems of diverse scope.
  • Develop, modify, and improve standard lab operating procedures.
  • Select methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Analyze and present data both informally and formally.
  • Write career development grants.
  • Prepare manuscripts.

Supervisory responsibilities

None; however, the post-doc is expected to provide guidance and training to lab technicians/technical research assistants and other junior lab members on established processes and procedures.


The ideal addition to the Smith Laboratory will:

  • be an innovative, forward-thinking critical scientist.
  • be able to Minimum 2 year commitment.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Outstanding planning, organizational, multi-tasking skills.
  • Enjoy working in a team environment with a wide variety of faculty and staff.
  • Those with relevant and/or complimentary expertise, including but not limited to the following skills are encouraged to apply:


  • Protein engineering
  • LNP/mRNA
  • Genetic engineering
  • Immunology
  • Humanized mouse models
  • Bioinformatics

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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.

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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