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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.

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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 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 a 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

    Our office is conveniently located at 75 Sidney Street in Cambridge, MA close to Central Square. Employees have the opportunity to enjoy many amenities that this dynamic and thriving area offers.

*Please note benefits may differ for part time employees.


Current Job Openings

Software Project Manager

Addgene is seeking a Software Project Manager to join our team and help guide development of our highly software-driven nonprofit organization. You will report to the Chief Executive and work with the Chief Architect to help Addgene fulfill our nonprofit mission of service to scientists all over the world. You will interact daily with internal stakeholders at Addgene to drive the evolution of our Python/Django web environment that supports both a public e-commerce website and internal lab inventory management systems. Addgene welcomes diversity and non-traditional paths and advocates strongly for hiring the right person as opposed to the right combination of tech keywords.

Job Duties

  • Collaborate with the Chief Architect to create and manage the project plans
  • Maintain and track project plans and schedules, cost estimates and problem logs throughout the life of the project.
  • Engage with the day-to-day activities of the software team to ensure each project remains on schedule and on budget
  • Provide routine status reports to clients and management, managing expectations is a key part of this position
  • Collaborate to identify the current and near future needs of internal (Addgene) and external (scientists) stakeholders
  • Work with stakeholders and Development team to create specifications for small and large projects.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Architect and the management team to determine the software's technical direction, system design and implementation plan
  • Identify the strategy for the addition of new and/or upgraded features to the Addgene systems and how this will be created and delivered to the stakeholders
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and best practices and seek out opportunities to integrate them into our code base and processes
  • Use technical judgment to drive project delivery, challenge proposals and build consensus.
  • Work as a liaison between cross-functional teams and working groups

This is an on-site position at the Addgene office in Cambridge, MA.

Job Qualifications

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

  • Project Management experience in continuous deployment or agile environments
  • Experience in both large scale planned projects and rapid release methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban
  • Knowledge of project planning techniques and automated project planning tools
  • Demonstrated understanding of software development and test methodologies--the right individual for this opportunity needs to possess technical abilities as well
  • Python and Django a plus
  • Detail-oriented, able to prioritize work and effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, organizational expertise and attention to detail
  • Ability to present and communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Project Management certifications are a plus

Start Date

Summer 2015

Applications

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

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Marketing & Outreach Specialist

Addgene is currently seeking a Marketing & Outreach Specialist who will join our Outreach team to help develop and coordinate marketing campaigns, as well as assist with outreach projects.

Job Description

Addgene is looking for an energetic individual with experience in marketing and communications who will implement marketing strategies to increase awareness and engagement in the scientific community. Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Develop and oversee marketing campaigns
  • Track and analyze the effectiveness of marketing strategies
  • Create, order, and inventory marketing materials
  • Responsible for Google Adwords, Google Analytics, social media campaigns, and other outreach projects
  • Assist with organizing customer data
  • Assist with planning and preparation for trips to universities and scientific meetings
  • Work with other teams at Addgene on special projects and assignments as needed
  • Position may include supervision of part-time employees

Job Qualifications

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

  • Bachelor degree required; Marketing or Communications degree preferred
  • 1-2 years of marketing experience; life sciences or healthcare industry preferred
  • Solid understanding of marketing and traditional advertising strategies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Competence in Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, as well as experience designing graphics in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop

Start Date

June/July 2015

Applications

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

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IT Intern

Addgene is currently seeking an IT intern to join our team. Reporting to the Systems Administrator, this role is an internship designed to provide a breadth of entry level experiences such as helpdesk support, system deployment and support and working in virtualized environments. In this role, the intern will experience a bit of everything that enables Addgene and other small business to operate on a day to day basis from an IT/systems perspective.

Job Description

As an IT Intern at Addgene you will perform a range of activities, including:

  • Responding to requests for to support the computing needs of Addgene. These helpdesk duties will provide exposure to a wide variety of tasks
  • Deployment of desktop and laptop systems for use by Addgene employees
  • Installation and deployment of servers and systems utilizing VMWare and Ansible
  • Aid in creating the documentation that accompanies systems and processes instituted by the IT group
  • Maintain and audit software and equipment inventory

This is an on-site position at the Addgene office in Cambridge, MA.

Job Qualifications

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

  • Familiarity with Linux, Windows server environments, Mac OS, basic networking, basic scripting, virtualized environments, server monitoring systems
  • Excellent attention to detail, dependable
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • Strong interest to learn and get hands on experience
  • Solid customer service skills to handle help desk tickets
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs

Start Date

June 2015

Schedule

Monday-Friday, 4 hours per day; some weekend work may be required

Applications

Please send brief 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 nonprofit 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 that will make a difference while not burning yourself out, Addgene could be the place for you.

Job Description

Addgene uses Python/Django and a range of common web technologies. As a member of the Development Team, you will:

  • Work collaboratively with project and issue sponsors to clarify requirements, provide estimates, verify solutions and update them with issue status
  • 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 member’s code, and have your code reviewed
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and best practices and seek out opportunities to integrate them into our code base and processes
  • Maintain your work life balance while nurturing and growing your professional and technical abilities

This is an on-site position at the Addgene office in Cambridge, MA.

Job Qualifications

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

  • We ask that candidates have some experience developing web applications, preferably in Python and Django
  • Addgene enthusiastically follows common engineering practices, including branching and reviewing using the “Github Flow” process, automated testing with unittest and Selenium, deployment using Fabric and Ansible and issue tracking using Trello
  • We welcome diversity and non-traditional paths into the developer profession, and advocate strongly for hiring the right person as opposed to the right combination of tech keywords

Start Date

Spring 2015

Applications

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

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Director of Finance

The Director of Finance will be an operational and strategic leader for the company and report to the Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on partner managing all financial operations and supporting business planning and business development. This is a terrific opportunity to join a dynamic team and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community in a company with a unique culture.

Job Description

  • Financial Management:
    • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to craft financial plans and forecasts
    • Produce, analyze and present financial reports; communicate monthly and annual financial statements, and oversee all financial accounting
    • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the audit committee of the Board of Directors; assess any changes necessary
    • Ensure financial activity complies with Addgene investment policy
    • Alongside the external audit/tax firm, prepare and file annual reports including the 990 and Form PC
    • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and keep senior leadership team informed of the organization’s financial status
    • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting
    • Oversee financial accounting systems, including existing Netsuite implementation
    • General knowledge of international accounting practices is a plus
    • Oversee, update and implement all necessary accounting policies and practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual
    • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the Board of Directors and the audit committee
    • Provide financial insight into strategic decision-making throughout the organization, including pricing on products and services
    • Work with the Director of Operations to oversee the processing of accounts receivable and accounts payables
    • Manage vendor relationships with the Director of Operations
    • Cooperate with the ED and Legal Team to identify corporate legal issues (e.g. trademark, risk management, non-tech transfer contracts, business insurance)
  • Human Resources:
    • 403b Administration
    • Collaborate with Accounting Manager on payroll administration, time tracking, check reimbursements and expense reports
    • Work in collaboration with HR on compensation, professional development reimbursements, and benefits renewal and pricing
  • Business Development:
    • A critical aspect of success is the ability to identify and evaluate risks and opportunities with each unique business model and industry structure
    • Manage business model structuring and implementation
    • Manage corporate structuring, including mergers and acquisitions and divestitures
    • Support the Business Development team to research and develop strategies for international growth and expansion, including finding solutions payments, distribution, and marketing
    • Support in financial aspects of contract and agreement negotiations (e.g. licensing fees, financial targets)

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of a MBA/CPA or related degree
  • At least five-seven years of overall professional experience in financial/accounting roles
  • The ideal candidate has the experience of final responsibility for quality and content of all financial data, reporting, and audit coordination for a significant program area
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to, and to effectively collaborate with, colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • Technologically savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills that support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Addgene

Start Date

Spring 2015

Applications

Addgene has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Liz Lombard.

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Part-time Lab Assistant (20 hours per week)

Addgene is currently seeking a Part-Time Lab Assistant (20 hours per week). This position will assist the laboratory staff as requested and directed to process incoming DNA samples, as well as fulfilling requests for DNA samples.

Job Description

  • Fulfill requests for DNA samples; prepare samples for shipment, print order fulfillment documents, and package samples into boxes for shipment
  • Prepare and dispense media using sterile techniques
  • Assist with other routine lab operation tasks as instructed

Job Qualifications

  • Lab experience or college-level lab classes
  • Familiarity with pipetting and using sterile technique preferred
  • 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
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs.

Start Date

Immediate

Preferred Schedule

Monday-Friday; 9am-1pm

Applications

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

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