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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

    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.

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Current Job Openings

Assay Development Scientist

Addgene is currently seeking an Assay Development Scientist to join our team. In this role, you will design, implement, and continually upgrade high throughput DNA purification methods to improve efficiency and effectiveness of our services. Additionally you will support QC initiatives to improve success rates while maintaining our high quality standards.

Addgene is a dynamic and collaborative workplace. Our energetic team is dedicated to making a difference within the organization and in the larger scientific community. We support team building activities outside of work, including volunteer projects, social gatherings, and sporting events. 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

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to Addgene’s mission by:

  • Developing and validating high-throughput (HTP) DNA purification methods, including reagent selection, protocol optimization for 96-well plates, and programming laboratory automation equipment.
  • Driving the implementation of and future scale-up related to HTP DNA processes, and supporting ongoing development and optimization of other HTP and non-HTP lab processes.
  • Developing quality standards and SOPs to ensure high-quality plasmid and bacterial strain products, communicating these to relevant teams.
  • Assisting with current quality control procedures, including coordinating plasmid DNA delivery to sequencing facility, in collaboration with lab and QC teams.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director of Quality Control, establishing and implementing policies and protocols for new assays; integrating new assays into current workflows and conducting hands-on training of lab technicians.
  • Learning various HTP DNA isolation platforms, staying on top of scientific and technical innovations, and following new trends and developments in genomic technologies.
  • Effectively managing available resources to achieve timely execution of projects; working with cross-functional teams to execute plans and set deliverables.

Job Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in Biology or a life science discipline with 4+ years related laboratory experience; BS/BA with 6+ years related laboratory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Extensive experience with plasmid and genomic DNA purification, bacterial culture, and general micro/molecular biology techniques
  • Effective process management skills; proven track record of independent assay development including troubleshooting and data analysis
  • Proficient at aseptic technique
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to work independently
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Able to stand and/or sit for up to 2 hours at a time
  • Occasionally will need to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds

Start Date

Fall 2017


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

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Corporate Paralegal or Junior Attorney (Entry Level)

Addgene is currently seeking an entry-level, mission-driven individual to join our team. The successful candidate will primarily support Addgene’s day-to-day technology transfer activities by facilitating material transfer agreements (MTAs) for new material deposits, establishing and maintaining business relationships with outside organizations and raising awareness of Addgene’s technology transfer process through additional projects and professional outreach. The successful candidate will also work with Addgene’s Senior Corporate Counsel in researching a wide range of legal issues, drafting legal memoranda, and developing proactive and sustainable solutions to potential risks and regulatory matters.

Job Description

The successful candidate will contribute to Addgene in the following roles:

Technology Transfer and Administration

  • Facilitate the deposit of new materials by processing, negotiating and executing MTAs
  • Provide administrative support to external users, which can include responding to emails and answering phone calls regarding Addgene’s deposit or request process, customer-user accounts or contractual terms
  • Manage relationships with external technology transfer offices through phone calls, emails, meetings and presentations
  • Research and develop content for Addgene’s technology transfer newsletter, website, and additional marketing materials
  • Assist with other projects as needed, which includes working with other Addgene teams in their outreach efforts, special projects and other assignments

Legal Support

  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts
  • Research and draft memoranda in a variety of legal areas, which may include labor and employment, export control, tax, intellectual property, real property, and data security
  • Identify and compile applicable corporate documents, agreements and other data to support various regulatory filings and proceedings
  • Develop content and presentations for internal company meetings and employee training

Job Qualifications

  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree plus one to two years of experience in a corporate setting, and
    • Certificate of completion from an ABA-approved paralegal program required, certification preferred, OR
    • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Willingness and ability to travel overnight and weekends within the US and internationally as needed (typically 10-20 days per year but can vary depending on company/team projects)
  • Excellent research, writing, and data organization skills with great attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to interact effectively, diplomatically, and productively with faculty, university administrators, and other technology transfer professionals
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office, Google applications, and other web applications
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or other graphic design software is desirable but not required
  • Experience with legal databases such as Fastcase and HeinOnline is desirable but not required
  • Experience in the life sciences and/or technology transfer is desirable but not required

Start Date

Fall 2017


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected]. Only complete applications 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 orders. You will spend approximately 75% of your time packaging orders and 25% of your time may be spent in the lab.

Job Responsibilities

  • 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

  • Interest in life sciences industry
  • Familiarity with pipetting and using sterile, aseptic 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


Preferred Schedule

Monday-Friday; 9am – 1:00pm


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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