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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

Associate Product Owner

Addgene is seeking an experienced, talented Associate Product Owner to join our Product team. As part of the Product team, you will interact with key internal stakeholders to gather, document and analyze requirements for developing and delivering features for Addgene.org and our internal-facing LIMS (Lab Information Management System) platform using a Scrum-based agile software development methodology.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assists the Senior Product Owner with Scrum responsibilities and participates in Scrum ceremonies
  • Works with the Product team to collect and interpret stakeholder input for new features and enhancements
  • Produces wireframes and mockups for user stories when necessary
  • Writes user stories for feature work that includes acceptance criteria and story artifacts (e.g. wireframes, mockups) when applicable
  • Collaborates with and supports the Development team during a sprint
  • Initiates and performs user acceptance testing for stories with stakeholders to ensure acceptance criteria is met
  • Creates bug tickets on behalf of stakeholders
  • Helps triage urgent issue bugs that are reported by stakeholders and customers
  • Reviews and provides feedback on user stories written by Product team members

Job Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of professional experience as either a Product Owner or Business Analyst on a Scrum team
  • Experience gathering and drafting product requirements from stakeholders, prioritizing features, authoring user stories and defining acceptance criteria
  • Demonstrate an ability to empathize with both stakeholders and end users to make the right compromises to deliver value in the face of technical, resource, and time constraints
  • Experience with a technology product or platform with complex, interrelated, work streams
  • Possess outstanding interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems from beginning to end
  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction to accomplish objectives on time

Bonus Points

  • Experience with JIRA, Balsamiq
  • Coding experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or Python
  • Understanding of content or configuration management via a CMS
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) certification
  • Bachelor’s degree or possess an equivalent combination of applicable education, training, and industry-related work experience

Start Date

August 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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Lab Technician - Viral Vectors

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

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 Scientific Curator

Addgene is currently seeking a Part-time Scientific Curator who will join our Outreach team to assist in entering plasmid information into Addgene’s database and curate the existing plasmid and viral vector collection. We are looking for an independent, energetic individual with experience in molecular biology who will help the organization better serve scientists.

Job Responsibilities

As a Part-time Scientific Curator at Addgene, you will:

  • Work with Addgene Scientists to enter plasmid information provided by Depositing Scientists into Addgene’s database
  • Extract, organize, and compile scientific data from literature
  • Assist with curation of Addgene’s plasmid collection and create scientific content
  • Maintain and update Addgene’s plasmid collections web pages
  • Assist with special projects
  • Work with us on a part-time basis (approximately 20 hours/week)

Job Qualifications

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

  • MS or PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or related field
  • Solid understanding of the principles of cloning and plasmid design
  • Knowledgeable about plasmids and their components
  • Familiarity with the online resources of NCBI and other scientific databases
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in HTML and web editing is desirable, but not required

Job Location

The Part-time Scientific Curator will be based at Addgene’s headquarters in Watertown, MA. The position will initially require the individual to work in the office with the future potential for a portion of the work to be done off-site.

Start Date

August 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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