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Are you looking for a career in a mission-driven organization with a fun, enthusiastic, and collaborative environment? Check out our job openings below. We are a global, nonprofit plasmid repository dedicated to making it easier for scientists to share research materials.

To Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Only applications including both a cover letter and resume will be considered.

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Who We Are

Addgene is a thriving nonprofit founded in 2004 that facilitates biomedical research and discovery. Our biorepository stores, archives, and distributes DNA-based materials called plasmids for academic scientists around the world. Addgene's plasmid collection is used to advance research in a wide variety of disciplines, including cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders.

We are a growing company offering opportunities for scientists and non-scientists alike to contribute to the scientific community.

Addgene is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Why Work Here

Addgene's culture of collaboration, initiative, and flexibility makes it an ideal place to work and contribute. Our energetic team is dedicated to the mission of the organization and to making a difference within not only the scientific community but also in the communities in which we live and work. Some reasons why you will want to consider a career at Addgene include:

  • Full Benefits

    We offer a comprehensive 100% company-paid benefit package that includes health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance. In addition, employees are encouraged to participate in an individual retirement account. We also offer flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses. The cost of public transportation or parking is fully paid by the company.

  • Work-Life Balance

    Our generous and flexible paid time off practices help maintain work life balance while providing opportunities for relaxation, travel, and fun throughout the year. In addition to the 10-12 paid holidays each year, we offer vacation, personal and sick time as well as winter break. We also offer paid parental leave.

  • Collaborative Team Environment

    We have a casual work atmosphere where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We offer opportunities to work on and lead projects in a variety of areas.

  • Professional Development Opportunities

    We encourage professional development for our employees and provide support to take advantage of such opportunities. We host professional development discussion groups, offer on-site training, and make funding available for outside programs. Departmental career ladders allow opportunities for advancement and goal-oriented performance discussions take place at least annually.

  • Fun Events & Activities

    We encourage and support team building activities both within and outside of the workplace, including volunteer projects, book club, cook-offs, trivia nights, and sporting events. We celebrate birthdays, work anniversaries, and successes.

  • Great Location

    Addgene is located at 490 Arsenal Way in Watertown, MA.

*Please note benefits may differ for part-time employees.

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Current Job Openings

IT Administrator

Addgene is seeking an IT Administrator to manage all aspects of our organization's corporate computer systems and networks.

Job Description

As the Addgene IT Administrator, you will be the primary IT support person. This means you will:

  • Monitor, triage and process help-desk tickets, with support from a helpdesk intern, providing a high-quality user experience for employees and contractors
  • Manage, monitor and improve office networks and servers, VoIP phones and audio-visual systems; ensure that all in-office hardware and systems are secure, reliable and recoverable
  • Proactively identify security vulnerabilities and address them
  • Provide desktop support for MacOS and Windows machines
  • Administer software services such as G Suite and LastPass
  • Manage IT processes such as provisioning and de-provisioning, ensuring compliance and coordination with HR and legal
  • Provide user training
  • Participate in the strategic alignment between IT, business, and software product development, and in setting the company IT policies with emphasis on information security
  • Communicate regularly with executive management on information technology
  • Coordinate with and support IT consultants as needed

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Required skills include:

  • 2+ years IT experience
  • Networking (VOIP, VPN, cabling, wireless)
  • Windows Active Directory
  • Windows, OS X / MacOS
  • G Suite / Google Apps
  • Ability to work independently / minimal supervision

Start Date

May 2019

Applications

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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Facilities Manager

Addgene is currently seeking a Facilities Manager to join our team. This is a hands on role, where you will be interacting with vendors, landlords, subtenants, and employees. As Facilities Manager you will be responsible for overseeing the security, maintenance, and services of our 40,000 sq. ft. lab and office facilities to ensure that they meet the needs of the organisation and its employees.

The Facilities Manager is the first point of contact when employees have a facilities request or a problem to be solved. Handling all requests in an efficient and timely fashion while demonstrating a responsive attitude in completing the request and providing appropriate follow up with the requester is essential.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage all lab and office facilities related tasks, maintenance, calibrations, repairs, facilities ticketing system, carry out minor repairs, etc.
  • Manage vendors charged with systems and facility maintenance; janitorial, HVAC, electrical, vacuum, emergency generator, plumbing, etc.
  • Work with landlord on building issues, when necessary, coordinate with building management company
  • Build Operations team by hiring and training an Assistant; - Supervise Operations Assistant and advise to help organize workflow
  • Manage sub tenant facilities needs and expectations
  • Coordinate building access cards for employees and sub tenant as well as alarm access control systems
  • First responder for facilities-related emergencies and alarms; this will require after hours and weekend presence at the facility on occasion
  • Lab-specific responsibilities include:
    • Manage all general laboratory facilities including waste consolidation and removal, gas tank exchanges, hazardous waste disposal, etc.
    • Manage laboratory systems vendors; pH Neutralization System, Central Vacuum, including servicing, repair, validation and calibration
    • Assist lab team with equipment installation, maintenance, and decommissioning
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S):
    • Act as company Safety Officer
    • Maintain all laboratory safety documents; Emergency Action Plan, Biological Safety, Chemical Hygiene, SDS records, incident reports, training records
    • Maintain regulatory licenses, permits and registrations with federal, state and local agencies (EPA, OSHA MADEP and DPH)
    • Maintain hazardous waste stream and associated documentation
    • Oversee all aspects of safety, including implementing procedures for tracking of chemicals and hazardous materials
    • Enforce established safety policies including PPE policy, laboratory safety inspections, biosafety level access, building/landlord safety regulations
    • Schedule safety training for new members and companywide annual training
    • Lead application and maintenance of permits required for facility operation with State, Federal regulations governing laboratory operations
    • Maintain chemical and flammables inventories

Job Qualifications and Skills

  • 5+ years of related facilities coordination, including life science lab facilities
  • Ability and willingness to be onsite during off-hours for alarm response and routine maintenance and repairs, as well as remote management of alarm and building access
  • Effective process and project management skills
  • High level computer proficiency required
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills, and the ability to work harmoniously with team members, vendors and contractors in a culture of collaboration
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks while working in a fast-paced / frequently changing environment

Start Date

May 2019

Applications

Please send your resume and cover letter explaining why you are best suited for this job to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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Lab Technician/Viral Vector Operations

In 2016, Addgene began distributing viruses made from our popular plasmids. The viral vector service has grown rapidly, and we are seeking a scientist to join Addgene’s viral production team. This is a terrific opportunity to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Responsibilities

  • Produce AAV and lentiviral particles from expression plasmids
  • Determine titer and conduct quality control of viral particles
  • Test and optimize protocols for production and quality control of viral particles
  • Organize and track samples during production and storage
  • Conduct DNA preparations of individual plasmids and pooled plasmid libraries
  • Support lab operations, including inventory management, solution preparation, and standard lab tasks
  • Assist with basic research as relevant
  • Lead and participate on special projects as needed

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be responsible, self-motivated individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • BA/BS with at least three years of work experience
  • Viral production experience not required, although candidate should have a track record demonstrating strong organizational skills and attention to detail in a laboratory setting
  • Experience in a core facility or production environment preferred
  • Experience with basic tissue culture preferred
  • Experience with plasmids preferred
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Familiar with general computer software
  • Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the United States

Start Date

June 2019

Applications

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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Customer Support Specialist

Addgene is currently seeking a Customer Support Specialist to join our team. Though Addgene’s focus is supporting the scientific community, no technical or scientific background is required for this role. Customer Support Specialists at Addgene keep business activities organized and moving forward. You will have the opportunity to perform a wide range of tasks related to order processing and internal operations. This is a full time, entry level opportunity.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide high-quality customer service via email and telephone. Answer customer questions in a timely manner for questions related to placing orders, approving legal agreements, shipping, and payment.
  • Review and process order-related documentation such as legal agreements and import permits.
  • Work both independently and with team members to troubleshoot, escalate and resolve customer issues to ensure customer satisfaction and enable success of other teams at Addgene.
  • Maintain knowledge of new Addgene services and changes to internal processes.
  • Prioritize multiple customer requests and administrative tasks simultaneously.
  • Communicate and collaborate daily with team members to share information, and improve internal and external processes.
  • Collaborate across teams to work on a variety of projects to improve customer service and general operations.
  • Utilize provided opportunities for personal and career development.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including active listening
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Effective interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with team members from diverse backgrounds and enjoy assisting others
  • Ability to exhibit patience, empathy and flexibility with customers and team members in a fast paced environment
  • Proficiency with computer software, including MS Office Suite and web applications
  • Administrative and/or customer service experience preferred but not required

Start Date

May 2019

Applications

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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Part-time Outreach Assistant

Addgene is currently seeking a Part-time Outreach Assistant to join our team. The Outreach Assistant will facilitate efforts to increase awareness and engagement in the scientific community by identifying and curating potential participants for the repository, as well as reviewing scientific content. They will also help to foster Addgene’s community of depositing scientists through additional administrative tasks, curating scientific data and reviewing scientific and non-scientific web content.

Job Responsibilities

  • Collect information through strategies including browsing university websites and conference speaker lists and organize results in MS Excel and/or Google applications
  • Write notes and assemble packages for mailing to members of Addgene’s community
  • Assist with Outreach projects as needed, this may include but is not limited to: reviewing of scientific content, collecting scientific journal information, analyse plasmid data; Data extraction and analysis for marketing campaigns
  • Position is 8-12 hours per week with occasional opportunities up to 17 hours per week
  • On-site hours are flexible within normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) with a minimum of 4 hours per week at the office
  • Flexible hours with the possibility to work remotely
  • Gain experience working with software tools such as customer relationship management (Salesforce), a biotech ecommerce-focused Laboratory Information Management System, some AdobeSuite applications (optional) and html coding (optional)
  • Opportunity to work in a team that coordinates outreach activities, science communication and marketing

Job Qualifications

  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office (including MS Excel), Google applications, and web applications
  • Bachelor of Science required; or equivalent experience in Biology/Molecular Biology coursework

Start Date

July 2019

Applications

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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Part-time Order Processing Assistant (20 hours per week)

In this position, you will assist the laboratory staff as requested and directed with preparing and packaging plasmid, viral and DNA orders.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform an array of functions that may include picking and filling orders from stock, packing and shipping orders, or managing, organizing and retrieving stock in the lab
  • Print order fulfillment documents and prepare shipments for the next day
  • Prepare and dispense media using sterile techniques

Job Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to work independently
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Dependable with good time management skills
  • Maintains safe and clean work environment by keeping workstations neat
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 6 months

Preferred Schedule

  • 20 - 25 hour per week (4-5 hours/ per day)
  • Exact schedule will be discussed upon hire

Applications

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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