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

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To Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@addgene.org. 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 young, growing company offering opportunities for scientists and non-scientists alike to contribute to the scientific community.

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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 a individual retirement account. The cost of public transportation or parking is fully paid by the company. These benefits apply to full-time regular employees.

  • Vacation & Other Paid Time Off

    Our generous and flexible paid time off practices provide opportunities for relaxation, travel, and fun throughout the year. These benefits apply to full- and part-time regular employees.

  • Collaborative Team Environment

    We offer opportunities to work on and lead projects in a variety of areas.

  • Professional Development 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

    Our office is conveniently located at One Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA close to MIT. Employees have the opportunity to join the on-site fitness facility and enjoy many other amenities that this dynamic and thriving area offers.


Current Job Openings

Business Development Analyst

Addgene is currently seeking a Business Development Analyst to support the rapid growth of the organization. The Business Development Analyst will work closely with the Director of Business Development on a range of business activities that advance Addgene’s mission. The Business Development Analyst will help to prepare strategic analyses for new business initiatives. The role will also help execute new business projects in conjunction with Addgene’s Scientific Outreach group and other teams. The Business Development Analyst will also support Addgene’s ambitious international expansion by developing market research, coordinating with international distributors, evaluating market performance, and establishing new operational protocols.

Job Description

Addgene is looking for an energetic individual with a background in molecular biology and business experience. Working on the Business Development team, you will help Addgene to expand its activities and global reach to better fulfill the mission. Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Support business processes at Addgene, including:
    • Key Business Relationships – support business relationships including financial analyses, strategic planning, and contract negotiations (e.g. licensing fees, distributors, and strategic partners)
    • Pricing – develop and maintain mechanisms to evaluate repository fees
    • International Trade – evaluate and improve international fulfillment processes
  • Support the development of new strategic business initiatives, including:
    • New Products & Services – evaluate new opportunities for business, legal, and financial concerns and help implement new initiatives
    • International Expansion – research and develop strategies for international growth and expansion, including finding solutions for payment, distribution, and marketing
    • Partnerships & Special Business Projects – assist with new projects by contributing business intelligence

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. You must be willing to travel (up to 20% including extended international trips) and possess the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Specific qualifications include:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related field
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in a business role such as a consultant, marketing analyst, market researcher, or international trade specialist
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and productively with interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional skills in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Ability to speak a second language a plus

Start Date

March 2015

Applications

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications with a cover letter AND resume will be considered.

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Software Engineer

Addgene is seeking a Software Engineer to join our Development team and help us improve all aspects of our highly software driven organization. This is an opportunity to work from soup to nuts on a complex Python/Django web environment that supports both our public website and our internal lab and inventory management systems. If you’re ready to work on a project for an organization that helps people while not burning yourself out, Addgene could be the place for you.

Job Description

Addgene is looking for an individual with experience with Python, Django and a range of common web technologies. You will be expected to:

  • Design, implement, test and deploy solutions to issues. Issues can encompass both problems and improvements. They can also range in scope from very small fixes (hours) to very large projects (months).
  • Review other team members code, and have your code reviewed.
  • Work with project and issue sponsors to clarify requirements, provide estimates, verify solutions and update them with issue status.
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and best practices and seek out opportunities to integrate them into our code base and processes.

Job Qualifications

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

  • Experience developing web applications, preferably using Python and Django
  • Experience with standard software engineering practices, including source control (we use Github), testing (we use unittest, Selenium and Cucumber), code reviews (we use Github Pull Requests) and deployment (we use Fabric and Ansible)
  • Experience with some of the usual range of web related technologies including, but not limited to: jQuery, Bootstrap, Apache, MySQL, Linux, UNIX, HTTP, Caching Proxies, CDN, Jenkins

Start Date

February 2015

Applications

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications with a cover letter AND resume will be considered.

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Administrative Assistant

Addgene is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team. This is a dynamic role that involves a wide range of administrative and internal support responsibilities. The Administrative Assistant plays a key role supporting office operations and keeping things running smoothly throughout the organization. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a young, growing company and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

  • Serve as primary reception contact for Addgene; greet visitors and direct to appropriate parties; handle incoming general inquiry calls
  • Collect, sort and distribute mail and deliveries
  • Oversee inventory control and supply ordering
  • Maintain, stock, and organize common spaces (kitchen, conference rooms, supply closets, etc)
  • Plan and oversee logistics for company events, meetings and team-building activities
  • Provide support to Operations Team during upcoming facility move and on other tasks as assigned
  • Assist Accounting Team with billing and collection of customer payments; collaborate on special projects and initiatives to improve accounting processes
  • Provide general administrative support to Addgene team members; this includes supporting the Customer Service Team on daily administrative processes and working with other members of Addgene, including senior management, on special projects and assignments.

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. You must possess the ability and flexibility to manage multiple tasks efficiently, meet deadlines, and prioritize requests from various sources. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and productively with vendors and all levels of staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Experience with basic accounting functions, such as Accounts Receivable, a plus

Start Date

February 2015

Applications

Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are best suited for this job to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications including a cover letter AND resume will be considered.

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Science Communications Intern

As a leader in plasmid sharing, Addgene frequently creates new educational content, protocols, and references to help scientists better find and utilize the plasmids in our repository. We are currently seeking an intern who will write new scientific content for Addgene’s website and blog. This is a terrific opportunity to join a dynamic team, gain visibility for your science writing, and contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

  • Create new, original content based on editorial guidelines
  • Research molecular biology technologies and experimental procedures to create educational resources
  • Contribute content to Addgene’s curated plasmid webpages, technology guides, blog, and educational resources
  • Contact scientists and scientific thought leaders to research content
  • Create content that engages scientists
  • Regular check-in and brainstorming meetings (on-site optional)
  • Part-time (10 hours/week; minimum commitment of 12 weeks)

Job Qualifications

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

  • Currently enrolled in an advanced degree program in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Relevant writing experience is desirable, but not required

Job Location

Work from home. Check-in meetings via Skype or at our One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA office.

Start Date

Winter/Spring 2015

Applications

Please submit your resume, two examples of your scientific writing or blogging, and a cover letter explaining why you are best suited for this job to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications including two writing examples, cover letter, and resume will be considered.

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Part Time Outreach & Data Collection Assistant

Addgene is seeking an individual to support initiatives focused on helping to grow Addgene's library of plasmid samples. The Outreach and Data Collection Assistant will facilitate efforts to increase awareness and engagement in the scientific community by identifying and curating potential participants for the repository through strategies including browsing university websites. The Outreach and Data Collection Assistant will help to foster Addgene’s community of depositing scientists through additional administrative tasks including organizing contact information and assembling packages to mail to Addgene’s deposit scientist community.

Job Description

  • Collect contact information and organize results in MS Excel and/or Google applications
  • Write notes and assemble packages for mailing to members of Addgene’s community of depositing scientists
  • Assist with Outreach assignments and projects as needed
  • Position is 8-12 hours per week
  • Hours are flexible within normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Job Qualifications

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

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office (including MS Excel), Google applications, and web applications
  • Experience with college level biology courses desirable but not required

Start Date

April 2015

Applications

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications with a cover letter AND resume will be considered.

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Senior Scientist / Curator

Addgene is seeking a Senior Scientist to join the organization and assist with the increased demand for our repository's services.

Job Description

Although you will not be conducting bench research, you will use your previous experience to assist the scientific community. Examples of specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Interface with scientists to solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits
  • Collect and enter cloning information on behalf of laboratories
  • Conduct quality control of plasmids, primarily through sequence verification (sequencing reactions conducted by an outside company)
  • Work closely with depositing laboratories to resolve quality control issues
  • Respond to biology-related questions from requesting scientists
  • Maintain familiarity with scientific literature in various fields
  • Assist with special projects

Job Qualifications

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

  • PhD in Biology or other life science
  • Experience in Molecular Biology strongly preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good oral and written communication skills and ability to work closely with scientists
  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to handle multiple tasks under minimal supervision
  • Familiarity with sequence analysis and plasmid mapping software
  • Willingness to travel to meet with scientists and attend conferences (~2 trips/year of 3 days each)

Start Date

January 2015

Applications

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications with a cover letter AND resume will be considered.

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Outreach Scientist

Addgene is currently seeking a scientist who will join our Outreach team and interface with the research community to increase plasmid contributions and enrich Addgene’s collection. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

Addgene is looking for an energetic individual with experience in molecular biology. Although you will not be conducting bench research, you will use your research experience to assist the scientific community. Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits by working with academic researchers and members of their laboratories
  • Travel to universities and institutions in major research hubs, both in the US and internationally, on a regular (~monthly) basis to acquire new materials
  • Collect and curate cloning information on behalf of laboratories to improve the quality of the resource
  • Craft communications from Addgene to the research community, including blog posts and articles, for the quarterly newsletter
  • Create and manage content on Addgene’s website and blog
  • Organize marketing initiatives, such as attending conferences, to increase awareness of Addgene
  • Investigate current literature to identify scientific trends and targets for expanding the collection
  • Assist with special projects

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. You must be willing to travel (up to 20%) and possess the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Specific qualifications include:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related field
  • Solid understanding of the principles of cloning and plasmid design
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with scientists
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in webpage design, HTML, and web graphics is desirable but not required
  • Ability to speak a second language a plus
  • Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the United States

Start Date

Spring 2015

Applications

Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are best suited for this job to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications including a cover letter AND resume will be considered.

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