Cancer Center Jobs

Director, Cancer Center Research

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

November 28, 2018
Reports to the Director of the Cancer Center and the Executive Director of the Cancer Center and is responsible for administration of all research programs within the MGH Cancer Center.  Works closely with the Cancer Center’s Scientific Director, Clinical Director and Director of Clinical Research on the oversight and integration of laboratory-based, translational and clinical research. 

Due to rapid advances in scientific discovery and clinical trials at the MGH Cancer Center, there is an increasing need to provide strong administrative and strategic direction and to develop formal linkages between a large array of basic, translational and clinical research programs on cancer.  The MGH is committed to speeding the development of new diagnostic tests, cancer treatments, and other interventions that benefit individuals with cancer and people at risk for developing cancer. Both existing and planned cancer research efforts will require formalized administrative support and oversight to achieve our goals of scientific discovery and their clinical applications. 

Key to multi-year initiatives will be the development of an organizational structure to support current and future needs of the MGH Cancer Center research programs.  New research ventures include collaborations related to genomic, epigenetic, proteomic, chemical biology, immunobiology, and computational biology resources; and multi-disciplinary programs in liquid biopsies and early cancer detection, cancer immunotherapy and immunopathology assays, and both inter-academic consortia and pharma/biotech alliances.

In addition to major responsibilities for administration of the research mission within the MGH Cancer Center, the position also serves as an institutional representative to the Harvard-wide comprehensive cancer center (seven-institution consortium Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center; DF/HCC), representing the MGH Cancer Center for all basic and translational research activities, including Harvard-wide clinical trials.  The position is also accountable to the tri-institutional (MGH, Brigham and Women’s, Dana Farber) joint venture, Dana Farber/Partners Cancer Care (DF/PCC), for the oversight of the clinical trials program administered through this collaborative venture.


Masters or PhD preferred. Bachelor’s degree required. 10 years+ experience plus management.  Must possess a proficient, working knowledge of the treatment of cancer across many different disease groups; regulations governing clinical research from an institutional, state and federal perspective as well as the Good Clinical Practice Guidelines from the International Conference on Harmonization.  Has an excellent understanding of Grants administration and Cancer Center organization (e.g., National Cancer Institute CCSG regulations)

Leadership skills that include strategic thinking, management of senior leaders, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, consensus building, innovation, planning and prioritization, and ability to execute on large scale initiatives.

If interested in this opportunity, please visit and apply for JOB ID# 3078360