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Research Contracts Specialist

Job Description

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus


This position's work location is fully remote with occasional onsite time as needed. The selected candidate may only work remotely from a New England state (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI).

The Research Contracts Specialist will draft, review, and execute a high-volume of research agreements.  Partners with their manager and/or senior members on the Licensing and Contracts Teams on all duties.

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.



  • Uses institutional templates to guide negotiations.
  • In partnership with manager/senior staff, negotiates confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, data use agreements, multi-site and academic collaboration agreements and amendments to the foregoing.
  • May negotiate sponsored research agreements and non-exclusive research reagent licenses with support from manager.

PI Relationship Management/Communication

  • Responds to inquiries from PIs and other parties with final review by manager based on complexity.
  • Coordinate and attends meetings with PIs and other parties, contributing to discussion as able.
  • Works with manager to gain familiarity with institutional policies and practices.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; JD or PhD is preferred.
  • 1 year of related experience (i.e. through an internship) with exposure to legal proceedings and transactions at a law firm, industry contracts team, or academic institution. No deal sheet required at this level.


  • Interest in science and translation of medical innovation
  • Builds foundational knowledge of federal, state and institutional policy relevant to duties and responsibilities
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required; communicates proactively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A self-starter with the ability to identify problems and escalate appropriately
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to manage and prioritize numerous transactions and bring to closure in a timely manner
  • Ability to work successfully with internal stakeholders (clinicians, scientists, administrators) and external industry counterparts
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and complex organization with multiple stakeholders

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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