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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Hiring PhD Biology Candidates

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Hiring PhD Biology Candidates

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.

Job Title: Scientist I – Hovestadt Lab

Job ID:32543

Location:450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Category: Research Laboratory

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PhD in Cancer Biology, Epigenetics/Genetics, Computational Biology, or related disciplines
  • Solid understanding of human developmental biology and recent single-cell profiling efforts
  • Programming experience in at least one statistical computing software (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB)
  • Experience in developing methods to analyze and visualize new types of genomic data
  • Familiarity with high performance computing environments
  • Ability to lead research projects working with postdocs and graduate students
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with scientists across disciplines from DFCI and other research centers
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational techniques, including the ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • An outstanding academic track record


  • The computational scientist will lead the computational analysis and biological interpretation of novel single-cell epigenomic datasets (incl. DNA methylation, histone modifications) generated from different types of childhood brain tumors.
  • The goal of these analyses is to identify tumor-specific alterations relative to their respective cellular origins and to understand their role in tumor formation. The project provides ample opportunity to advance scientific skills and to collaborate with world renowned experts in the fields of childhood brain tumor research and epigenomics.
  • Candidates need to be passionate about cancer research and intrinsically motivated. Creativity and innovative/independent thinking are a must. A minimum two-year commitment is required, with appointment to commence in Spring/Summer of 2023.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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