Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

Scientific Program Manager/Scientist, Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN)

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

Boston, MA, United States


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, 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 Department of Data Sciences at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks a Scientific Program Manager/Scientist for the Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN). We are seeking an exceptional candidate who has deep experience in coordinating scientific consortia, and managing and processing data for a distributed network of research centers. This is an exciting opportunity to lead efforts for the Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN), a high-profile “Moonshot” project funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


  • Oversee all major activities of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) of the Human Tumor Atlas Network, and work with Principal Investigators (PIs) to ensure that the DCC effectively meets all major milestones.
  • Coordinate work across the four DCC institutions (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Sage Bionetworks, and the Institute for Systems Biology). This requires organization of work across a geographically distributed set of collaborators and bioinformatics engineers. Some limited travel may be necessary.
  • Manage and oversee the work of the HTAN Project Manager, who will coordinate administrative activities related to HTAN network, HTAN working groups and the HTAN Steering Committee.
  • Develop the scientific content and agenda for the bi-annual HTAN Face to Face Meetings.
  • Manage communications with all HTAN atlases and NCI Program Officers, to ensure timely data deposition to the DCC and ensure coordination and collaboration with other NCI Moonshot projects.
  • Manage the HTAN DCC budget across the four DCC institutions.
  • Write monthly DCC progress reports and an annual DCC progress report to the NIH.
  • Oversee all aspects of HTAN outreach activities, including development of the HTAN Web Site; hosting of DREAM challenges and the development of tutorials, documentation and educational materials.
  • Write grants for future funding opportunities.
  • Provide oversight of the emerging clinical data standards to be used by HTAN.


  • PhD (or equivalent education and experience) in genomics, bioinformatics, or related fields.
  • 3+ years prior experience managing scientific consortium.
  • 5+ years of experience managing cross-functional teams of individuals with diverse skill sets.
  • Expertise in cancer genomics, translational research, and cloud-based data sharing platforms.
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to organize teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Prior experience developing data standards for other research projects would be a significant plus.

The candidate must also demonstrate outstanding personal initiative, work effectively as part of a team, meet deadlines, and efficiently multitask.

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.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.