Animal Technologist I
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 111 reviews - South Boston, MA

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Job Summary

Located in Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS 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.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks an Animal Technologist to support an expanding research program within the Lurie Family Imaging Center, a 14,000 square-foot dedicated animal imaging facility that houses 3,200 mouse cages and features preclinical MRI, bioluminescence, fluorescence, ultrasound, CT, and PET/CT scanners. The Animal Technologist, under the direction of the LFIC Manager and Director, will execute therapeutic studies in mouse cancer models utilizing bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging. The successful candidate must have experience and proficiency with animal experimentation including SQ, IP, and IV injections as well as oral gavage treatments. The candidate must also have experience with optical imaging.
The Animal Technologist must be a team player, and must be able to work collaboratively with other Animal Technologists and the Research Scientists on staff at the LFIC, including cross-covering therapeutic studies. Flexibility in work hours is required, including rotating weekend coverage. The Animal Technologist must have strong work habits, must be meticulous in record keeping. Proficiency in the use of Excel and Word is required. Must be able to understand and follow ARF and LFIC standard operating procedures and DFCI institutional guidelines and policies. Individual must understand and follow the local, state, federal and regulations and guidelines.

Establish mouse cancer models by SQ, IV, or IP injection of cells. Minor surgery may be required.
Monitoring tumor growth by in vivo imaging and tumor volume measurements.
Clinical scoring of animal health condition.
Treatment of animals by IV, IP, or SQ injection, and oral gavage.
Collection of tissue for ex vivo analysis.
Meticulous and contemporaneous record keeping.
Analysis of data using Excel and Prism.
Documentation and issuance of study reports.

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, tumor caliber, scales, barcode scanners and in vivo imaging equipment.

Job Qualifications

Education: BA or BS in scientific or animal studies, with preference for advanced degrees. Completion of DFCI’s Animal Biosafety Course will be required before working on animal biosafety studies.
Experience: Minimum of one year experience working in an AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility and must demonstrate strong team concept.
Certification/Licensure: LAT certification is preferred, but required within the first year of the hire date. Biannual renewal of AALAS certification is recommended to stay current with new procedures, regulations guidelines and policies in the use of laboratory animal sciences.
Technical skills will be required in support of LFIC studies, including injections (IP, SQ, IV), body weight collection, food consumption determination, blood sampling procedures and oral dosing.
Bioluminescence imaging skills, and data analysis.
The ability to communicate with DFCI investigators will require strong English verbal and writing skills.
Individual must be able to safely handle, restrain, perform treatments and euthanize laboratory mice as directed.


Full-Time Position, Mon-Friday
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an Affirmation Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the...