Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Jan 27, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc, Postdoc Fellowship
Organization Type

Research Fellow – Haigis Laboratory
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


We are seeking a creative and motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our collaborative team.

Are you a creative and hardworking individual who wants to do research in an interdisciplinary and fun laboratory setting? The Haigis Lab at Dana-Farber studies the big questions in cancer biology using tools from the complementary fields of molecular biology, mouse modelling, proteomics, structural biology, and computational biology. In particular, our cancer biology work focuses largely on the influence of activating Ras mutations. Despite being one of the most frequently mutated genes in human cancer, KRAS mutations are most prominently observed in a small subset of cancers – namely colorectal adenocarcinoma, lung adenocarcinoma, multiple myeloma, and pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the specificity of which is not fully understood. Our primary approach is to genetically manipulate Ras signaling pathways both in vivo and in vitro and to use specific knock-in mice to investigate downstream large-scale signaling perturbations in vivo, using the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer as our principal model system.

Current projects are wide-ranging and focused on understanding K-Ras allele-specific functions and therapeutic vulnerabilities, multi-omics identification and analysis of miRNAs and targets which are affected by mutant Ras expression, and elucidation of ERK2 phosphorylation targets downstream of mutant Ras in vivo, as well as understanding the tissue specificity of Ras mutations broadly and of distinct Kras alleles more specifically.

Our team utilizes a wide variety of molecular and biochemical techniques, including, but not limited to, organoid culture, x-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, phospho-proteomics, and in vivo CRISPR screens. We interact closely with cancer biologists, clinicians, computational biologists, and biochemists.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Designing and executing in vitro and in vivo experiments
  • Conducting data analysis and interpreting results 
  • Maintaining accurate records, writing reports, and preparing and giving presentations
  • Contributing to the overall laboratory safety, organization, and productivity
  • Writing and submitting impactful primary research articles for peer review
  • Writing applications for funding opportunities 


  • Ph.D in molecular biology, cancer biology, genetics, biochemistry or equivalent.
  • Enthusiastic team player, and self-motivated individual
  • Experience with both cell culture and mouse disease modeling
  • Excellent English written and oral communication 
  • Peer-reviewed publication track record

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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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