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Scientist I

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
19 Aug 2024

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Health Science, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Scientist I
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA – Hybrid (2-3 days onsite/week)
Full Time

The Division of Population Sciences is seeking a Research Scientist with a background in cancer epidemiology, statistics, or genetics, and interest in cancer early detection.

This position will report directly to Dr. Sapna Syngal and work as part of both Genetics and Prevention (GEP) and the Centers for Early Detection and Interception (CEDI) program within the Division, which develops programs and interventions to prevent and/or intercept cancer at its earliest stages.

The Research Scientist will be responsible for enhancing productivity of the division and GEP/CEDI through providing scientific support. They will provide input on design and methods for cancer screening trials, assist in the evaluation of collected data, write manuscripts, and collaborate on grant applications focusing on cancer screening and interception.  This position requires strategic agility, knowledge of clinical trials, strong project management and communication skills, an interest in writing manuscripts and grants, and interaction with multiple faculty and staff members across the Harvard-wide community.


  • Help define, prioritize, and develop projects/initiatives across CEDI/GEP research portfolio
  • Lead development of content of grants, progress reports, manuscripts and presentations
  • Contribute to projects with as an individual contributor and/or advisor
  • Work closely within the group and with outside collaborators
  • Have regular communication with the PI and team/group colleagues (one-on-one and group meetings)
  • General scientific and research assistance to the PI and team as needed


  • PhD or MD in Life Sciences preferred, especially cancer epidemiology, public health or statistics; experience in clinical arenas an asset. Advanced degree (masters or equivalent) required.
  • Postdoc experience or experience working as a scientist or project manager in a clinical, academic research, medical science, or similar setting strongly preferred.
  • Experience leading grant writing and leading manuscript writing


  • Knowledge of cancer as a disease process, ideally with a background in Cancer Genetics, Population Sciences, and/or Epidemiology.
  • Training and experience related to cancer screening or clinical trials
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills – must be able to build connections within and between teams, appropriately represent the vision/voice of involved faculty, and build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of colleagues.
  • Excellent organizational, time- and project-management skills and an ability to work independently.
  • Strong written, verbal, and creative communication skills, including ability to translate insight into content, create PowerPoint or written presentations, and develop grant applications.
  • Passion for learning and innovation, ability to set new and stretching goals for him/herself and the team with a “can-do” attitude and high attention to detail.

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About Dana-Farber Cancer 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.

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 characteristics protected by law.

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