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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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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

AAV Research Scientist

We are seeking a Research Scientist to join Addgene’s viral vector team. This is a terrific opportunity to help scale up existing rAAV production processes so that Addgene can continue to provide critical resources to the scientific community.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design, develop and execute experiments for rAAV plasmid optimization
  • Design and test new strategies for rAAV vector yield optimization
  • Produce and run quality control on rAAV vector preparations
  • Write and review protocols for rAAV production processes
  • Organize and track samples during production and storage
  • Assist with basic research as relevant
  • Lead and participate on special projects as needed

Job Qualifications

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

  • PhD in relevant discipline
  • Hands-on experience with rAAV vector production in mammalian cell culture systems
  • Direct experience with plasmid design optimization
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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

Fall 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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Customer Support Specialist

Customer Support Specialists at Addgene keep business activities organized and moving forward. Though Addgene’s mission is to support the scientific community, no technical or scientific background is required for this role. You will have the opportunity to perform a wide range of customer support and operational tasks in a learning-focused environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide high-quality customer support, via email and phone, for questions related to online ordering, legal agreements, shipping, and payment
  • Review and process order-related documentation such as legal agreements and import permits
  • Work both independently and collaboratively to troubleshoot, escalate and resolve customer issues
  • Collaborate across teams to work on a variety of projects to improve customer service and general operations
  • Maintain knowledge of new Addgene services and changes to internal processes
  • Prioritize multiple customer requests and administrative tasks simultaneously
  • Utilize provided opportunities for personal and career development

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. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including active listening
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Effective interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with team members from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to exhibit patience, empathy, and flexibility with customers and team members in a fast paced environment
  • Proficiency with computer software, including MS Office Suite and web applications
  • Administrative and/or customer service experience preferred but not required

Start Date

Winter 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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Outreach Scientist (Neuroscience/AAV Focus)

Addgene is seeking a collaborative scientist with training in Neuroscience or Neurobiology (including use of AAV) to join our team and help the organization better serve scientists that use Addgene’s Viral Service. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important scientific resource. Your expertise and focus on neuroscience will help you strategize a plan for strong external outreach, including traveling to universities to meet with scientists and becoming a friendly and knowledgeable ambassador for our viral vector services at scientific events and conferences. Your experience in science communication will be deployed directly for creating website and blog content as well as supporting marketing strategies.

Job Responsibilities

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

  • Travel to universities and institutions on a regular basis to acquire new materials and raise awareness of Addgene’s services, including organizing and executing one-on-one and group meetings with scientists
  • Solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits by working with academic researchers and members of their laboratories
  • Attend conferences, staff exhibit booths, and give talks to increase awareness of Addgene and our Viral Service
  • Build and maintain relationships with scientists in the neuroscience and viral vector engineering communities
  • Write scientific blog posts, guides, protocols, and video scripts on neuroscience- and viral vector-related topics
  • Curate Addgene’s viral vector collections and maintain related web pages, including HTML editing
  • Assist with crafting communications and marketing materials
  • Maintain familiarity with scientific literature in various fields, especially neuroscience
  • Assist on special projects as needed

Job Qualifications

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

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Neurobiology, or similar
  • Experience in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience strongly preferred
  • Experience using AAV and lentiviral vectors and/or viral production strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and oral science communication skills, including public speaking and presentation proficiency
  • Demonstrated ability to write scientific, educational content for a variety of knowledge levels
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Excited about cross-team collaboration, avid team player
  • Willing to travel (~25% of time)

Start Date

Fall 2019

Applications

Please send your resume, cover letter, and one relevant science writing sample to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume, cover letter, AND one relevant science writing sample will be considered.

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Part-time Marketing Assistant

We are seeking a Part-time Marketing Assistant who will join Addgene’s Outreach and Marketing Team. The Marketing Assistant will help to facilitate Addgene’s marketing efforts by organizing data, proofreading marketing materials, and updating web content. The Marketing Assistant will help to foster Addgene’s community by inventorying, packing, and shipping promotional materials to scientists around the world.

Job Responsibilities

As a Marketing Assistant at Addgene, you will:

  • Organize marketing and survey data from multiple sources
  • Maintain stocks and track inventory of marketing and promotional items, that will be sent to scientists and scientific conferences around the world
  • Pack and ship marketing materials to members of the global Addgene community in order to promote Addgene’s mission of open science and material sharing
  • Migrate and organize marketing and outreach files within Addgene’s existing Google Drive structure
  • Proofread marketing materials, including flyers and newsletters
  • Assist with blog content updates and maintenance, including uploading blog posts and modifying alt text and headers
  • Gain experience with software tools including Adobe Suite, Hubspot, and SurveyMonkey
  • Assist with other marketing and outreach projects when necessary
  • Opportunity to work in a team that coordinates outreach activities, science communication, and marketing

Job Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Business, Marketing, Advertising, or related; or equivalent experience in Business coursework or internships
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Strong English written and oral communication skills required
  • Experience with general software applications, including Google applications and spreadsheets (including Microsoft Excel) required
  • Experience with Adobe Suite is a plus
  • Experience with marketing software, such as HubSpot, is a plus

Start Date

January 2020

Applications

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

Job Location and Hours

The Marketing Assistant position is based at Addgene’s headquarters in Watertown, MA. This position is 8-12 hours per week, with occasional opportunities up to 17 hours per week. The individual is required to work in the office on at least 2 days per week during normal business hours (M-F, 9 am-5 pm). Exact schedule will be discussed upon hire.

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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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Senior Scientist - Viral Technical Support

Addgene is seeking a collaborative scientist with experience in Neurobiology or Neuroscience to join our team and assist with the increased demand for our viral technical support and quality control services. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important scientific resource.

Job Responsibilities

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:

  • Provide support to requesting scientists by answering technical questions related to working with viral vectors (AAV and lentivirus) via phone/email
  • Assist Addgene’s viral team with tracking requests on new/backordered materials
  • Work closely with depositing laboratories to obtain data and troubleshooting advice for experimental use of materials
  • Curate Addgene’s viral vector collections and create scientific content
  • Maintain familiarity with scientific literature in various fields, especially neuroscience
  • Assist with special projects

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who are driven to help other scientists by embracing Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Neurobiology or other life science
  • Experience in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience strongly preferred
  • Experience using AAV and lentiviral vectors and/or viral production strongly preferred
  • Experience conducting in vivo experiments a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work closely with scientists
  • Strong troubleshooting and analytical skills and ability to handle multiple tasks independently
  • Familiarity with tissue culture and sterile techniques
  • Willingness to attend scientific conferences and meet with scientists (~1 trip/year)

Start Date

January 2020

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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Senior Scientist - Scientific Technical Support

Addgene is seeking a collaborative scientist with experience in Molecular Biology to join our team and assist with the increased demand for our technical support and quality control services. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important scientific resource.

Job Responsibilities

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:

  • Provide support to requesting scientists by answering biology-related technical questions via phone/email
  • Correspond with depositing laboratories to provide updates and resolve quality control issues
  • Conduct quality control of plasmids, primarily through sequence verification (sequencing reactions conducted by an outside company)
  • Interface with research scientists to solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits
  • Utilize scientific expertise to advise various teams at Addgene and support company initiatives
  • Curate Addgene’s plasmid collection and provide scientific content for our educational resources
  • Maintain familiarity with scientific literature in various fields
  • Assist with special projects

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who are driven to help other scientists by embracing Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology or other life science
  • Experience with plasmid sequence analysis required
  • Familiarity with plasmid mapping software preferred
  • Knowledge of next-generation sequencing technology or analysis preferred
  • Experience troubleshooting and resolving issues using antibodies or AAV/lentiviral vectors encouraged
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work closely with scientists
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong troubleshooting and analytical skills and ability to handle multiple tasks independently
  • Willingness to attend scientific conferences and meet with scientists (~1 trip/year)

Start Date

Fall 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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Shipping Customer Support Specialist

Addgene is seeking a talented, customer service and operation oriented individual to join our innovative and fast paced Shipping Operations team at Addgene.

Job Responsibilities

  • Completion of tasks related to order processing and shipping to ensure successful delivery of Addgene materials to requesting labs, making it easier for the scientific community to share science
  • Provide knowledgeable, friendly support to customers with shipping-related questions and concerns to give our customers a strong, positive experience
  • Review and process order documentation such as legal agreements and import permits
  • Triage multiple customer requests tasks simultaneously
  • Communicate daily with couriers and shipping vendors to ensure shipping related issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner
  • Support Addgene’s international distribution efforts by maintaining daily communications with partners and distributors, ultimately ensuring smooth international order processing and shipment logistics
  • Assist with the physical packing and fulfillment of orders as needed
  • Aid in weekly cycle counts and inventory management as needed to ensure a clean and orderly warehouse space
  • Participate in cross-team meetings and collaborations to address challenges, develop new ideas, and implement changes to streamline and improve shipping operations at Addgene
  • Ability to notice areas for improvement and efficiency and initiative to be a lead on projects to facilitate innovation and change in the Shipping Operations Department

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. Specific qualifications include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Ability to learn new concepts, processes, and technology quickly
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and productively with customers and all levels of staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Dependable and able to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Previous customer support and/or operations experience desired

Start Date

Fall 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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