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Addgene Careers

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, non-profit plasmid repository dedicated to making it easier for scientists to share research materials.

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.

Who We Are

Addgene is a thriving non-profit 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.

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

Laboratory Technician

Addgene is currently seeking a Laboratory Technician to join our team. Laboratory technicians perform a wide variety of activities designed to assist academic scientists in archiving their plasmid DNA samples and distributing the samples to researchers who need them for future experiments. This is a full time opportunity starting May/June 2014.

Job Description

As a Laboratory Technician at Addgene you will perform a wide range of activities, including:

  • Process incoming DNA samples: use Addgene’s computer software to track incoming samples, transform DNA into bacteria, grow and store bacteria.
  • Fulfill requests for DNA samples: prepare samples for shipment, print order fulfillment documents, and package samples into boxes for shipment.
  • Conduct quality control of DNA samples: Prepare DNA and conduct restriction digests.
  • Perform lab maintenance: order consumables, prepare media, prepare LB agar plates and stabs.
  • Miscellaneous laboratory and office tasks, including working with other members of Addgene on special projects and assignments.

Job Qualifications

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

  • B.S. (preferred) or B.A. in biological sciences with 0-2 years’ experience or an Associates’ degree with 2-3 years’ experience in a laboratory environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with pipetting and using sterile technique
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications

Start Date

May/June 2014

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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Customer Support Specialist

Addgene is currently seeking a Customer Support Specialist to join our team. Support Specialists at Addgene keep business activities organized and moving forward. You will perform a wide range of tasks related to order processing and internal operations. You will also have the opportunity to interact with Addgene’s customers as you provide customer service via e-mail and telephone. This is a full time opportunity starting May/June 2014.

Job Description

  • Provide high-quality customer service via email and telephone. Answer customer questions and troubleshoot issues related to placing orders, approving legal agreements, shipping and payment.
  • Review and process order documentation such as legal agreements, import permits and other necessary files. Assist with other order processing and administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Assist with accounts receivable tasks including billing and collection of customer payments.
  • Collaborate with Addgene’s office team on a variety of projects to improve customer service and operations.

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission of making it easier for scientists to share materials. You must be dependable and able to meet deadlines with minimum supervision. You must also possess the ability and flexibility to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and prioritize requests from various sources. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Ability to learn new concepts, processes and technology quickly
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and productively with customers and all levels of staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Previous administrative and/or customer service experience desired

Start Date

May/June 2014

Applications

All interested applicants should send a cover letter AND resume to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications that include cover letters will be considered.

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Human Resources Generalist (Part-Time)

Addgene is currently seeking a part-time Human Resources Generalist to join our team. In this newly-created position, the HR Generalist will coordinate HR practices and objectives that foster an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce. In order to ensure that the HR Generalist is regularly available to our managers and staff, this 20-hour a week opportunity requires the HR Generalist to be on-site a minimum of four (4) days a week.

Job Description

The HR Generalist manages the day-to-day operations of the Human Resource function including the administration of the human resources policies, procedures and programs carrying out responsibilities in the following functional areas: employee relations, training and development, benefits, compensation, organizational development, and employment. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with Directors to implement the strategic plan for the human resource needs of the organization
  • Assisting with and advising Directors on HR issues
  • Planning and managing recruitment efforts (with team leaders)
  • Overseeing and participating in employee onboarding
  • Administering company’s benefit plans
  • Suggesting and creating development and training opportunities for staff
  • Recommending and implementing human resources policies and procedures
  • Ensuring compliance with City, State and Federal regulations
  • Leading performance management efforts
  • Maintaining employee files (electronic and hard copy)
  • Helping to maintain good employee relations and employee job satisfaction
  • Cultivating a strong and productive employee culture including planning company trainings, events and activities
  • Overseeing employee off-boarding
  • Working with Addgene’s Executive Director and Director of Finance and Business Operations to develop a compensation plan for the company

Job Qualifications

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

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, or Organization Development. PHR preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in Human Resources.
  • Active affiliation with relevant Human Resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement preferred and expected to continue.
  • Basic knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, recruitment, organization development, employee relations, safety, employee engagement, and employee development.
  • Better than average written and spoken communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building and employee coaching skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a resource to the executive management team that provides overall company leadership and direction.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and skills in Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
  • General knowledge of various employment laws and practices and experience working with a corporate employment law attorney.
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resources recognition and engagement programs and processes.
  • Evidence of the ability to practice and coach organization managers in the practice of a high level of confidentiality.

Start Date

May 2014

Applications

All interested applicants should send a cover letter AND resume to jobs@addgene.org. Only applications that include cover letters will be considered.

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