Research Technician

Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
November 18 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Research Technician – Dr. Zuzana Tothova Laboratory
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

A full-time animal technical research associate position is available in the laboratory of Zuzana Tothova, MD, Ph.D. at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The laboratory of Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD is a multi-disciplinary team of physician scientists, scientists and computational biologists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute. Our laboratory uses genomics and a range of molecular and cellular biological techniques to elucidate the molecular basis of cancer and hematologic disorders and to develop novel therapeutics. Our specific focus is to understand the role of chromatin modifiers and epigenetic factors and find novel therapeutic opportunities in myeloid malignancies, including myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia.

We are seeking enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who thrive in a fast-paced, challenging research environment, and can interact well with others as part of a cohesive team. If you have a desire to make a significant impact in healthcare and have the fortitude to work hard, you will succeed within this team.

This is an ideal entry-level of mid-level position into the world of cutting-edge laboratory research. A growth mindset and a willingness to take on challenging learning opportunities will be sought out traits. Ideal candidates will possess strong interpersonal skills along with a desire to help others to succeed.

Previous team members have gone on to successful academic and career opportunities; graduate/medical school, independent faculty, consulting, and industry.

The successful candidate will support the labs ongoing in vivo experimentation, assisting on multiple research project, utilizing a variety of both in vivo and laboratory techniques, processing samples, and generating research data.


  • The Technical Research Assistant will work under supervision to support the research team, performing a variety of in vivo techniques, including live-animal handling, administering treatments, injections, gavage, blood and tissue collection, dissections, sample processing in the lab, as well as some animal husbandry tasks, and record keeping.
  • Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to animal monitoring, cell culture work, isolation of primary cells from blood or bone marrow, genotyping, and assisting with general lab maintenance tasks, such as autoclaving operation, aliquoting reagents, and some routine equipment maintenance.
  • Routine handling, restraint, identification (including ear tagging) and sexing of laboratory mice. Ability to distinguish various common laboratory mouse strains in accordance with standardized genetic nomenclature and phenotype identification.
  • Responsible for monitoring animal colonies for injured, sick, moribund, or dead animals and recording/reporting any findings.
  • Monitoring “Emergency Separation Notices”, separating overcrowded cages as necessary, transcribing correct animal information onto cage cards after separations.
  • Perform experiments, which may be moderate to complex with increasing independence.
  • Record data and review results with members of the research team.
  • Preclinical in-vivo work: mouse handling, administering treatments, injections, gavage, blood and tissue collection, dissections, tumor measurements, and sample processing in the lab.
  • Maintain and perform experiments with cells in tissue culture.
  • Assist with lab maintenance tasks, including autoclave operation, reagent aliquoting, and some equipment operation and minor maintenance.
  • All other duties, as assigned.

Laboratory environment: Works with animal colonies, toxic chemicals, biohazards, and substances emitting unpleasant odors.


  • B.A/B.S required - with significant biological/physical science coursework preferred.
  • Experience with research animal handling, animal husbandry, and in vivo experimentation is required.
  • 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.
  • High degree of computer literacy. Requires a working knowledge of basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and other related software.
  • Sound analytical and organizational skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks and set priorities.
  • Ability to identify potential problems and troubleshoot solutions.
  • All aspects of this position expose personnel to animal fur and dander, which may be hazardous to those with allergic conditions. Disinfectants, detergents and soaps are used in the daily sanitation assignments.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Operation of centrifuge, anesthesia machine, autoclave, heat lamp, restrainer, calipers, scales, and other instruments as needed.

We are looking for candidates with at least 2 years of availability.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

About Dana Farber:
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.

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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