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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.

Get to know some Addgenies featured in our Career Videos series!

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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 currently located at 75 Sidney Street in Cambridge, MA close to Central Square. In November 2018, Addgene will be relocating to Watertown, MA.

*Please note benefits may differ for part-time employees.

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Current Job Openings

Marketing & Communications Manager

Addgene is looking for an energetic, detail-oriented individual with experience in life science marketing who will help the organization better serve scientists in the research community.

Job Responsibilities

Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee marketing strategies and campaigns (including use of online banner ads, Google AdWords, social media campaigns, etc.)
  • Manage consistency of Addgene’s brand internally and externally
  • Track and analyze the effectiveness of marketing strategies; build marketing reports (using Google Analytics and similar dashboard tools)
  • Create, order, and inventory brand and marketing materials (flyers, t-shirts, posters, etc.)
  • Manage and mentor team members
  • Write and edit scientific content (web content, blog posts, eBooks, social media content, emails, surveys, etc.)
  • Work with other teams at Addgene on special projects and assignments as needed

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, detail-oriented, 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 required
    • Solid understanding of molecular biology
  • 2+ years’ experience in life science marketing
  • Familiarity with online advertising and content/inbound marketing strategies
  • Experience with marketing software and tools (Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and HubSpot knowledge preferred)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically related to science communication
  • Experience managing team members
  • Excellent organizational and decision making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks efficiently in a fast paced environment
  • Proficiency with general computer software including MS Office and Google

Start Date

Immediate

Applications

Please send your resume, cover letter, and 1 science writing or science marketing sample to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume, cover letter, AND 1 science writing or science marketing sample will be considered.

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Product Development Scientist

Addgene is currently seeking a Product Development Scientist to join our team. In this role, you will design, implement, and continually upgrade processes related to distribution of DNA based products. Additionally you will support QC initiatives to improve success rates while maintaining our high quality standards.

Job Description

You will report to the Associate Director of Quality Control and manage development and execution of DNA based products and services in our lab in Cambridge, MA. You will have the opportunity to contribute to Addgene’s mission by:

  • Overseeing smooth lab operations as related to new product development, including creating SOPs, managing supply levels, and maintaining a clean, safe working environment.
  • Developing, optimizing and validating high-throughput (HTP) DNA based assays.
  • Carrying out lab work related to the production, quality control, and distribution of DNA based products.
  • Identify solutions to technical challenges to enable on-time and on-budget delivery of DNA based products.
  • 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.
  • Effectively managing personnel and resources to achieve timely execution of projects; working with cross-functional teams to execute plans and set deliverables.

Job Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Biology or a life science discipline with 2+ years related laboratory experience; MS with 4+ 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.
  • Management experience preferred.
  • 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

Summer 2018

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

Addgene is currently seeking a Customer Support Specialist to join our team. Though Addgene’s focus is supporting the scientific community, no science background is required for this role. Customer 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, entry level opportunity starting Fall 2018.

Job Description

  • Provide high-quality customer service via email and telephone. Answer customer questions in a timely manner for 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.
  • Maintain knowledge of new Addgene services and changes to internal processes.
  • Prioritize multiple customer requests and tasks simultaneously.
  • Communicate and collaborate daily with team members to improve internal and external processes.
  • Collaborate across teams to work on a variety of projects to improve customer service and general operations.
  • Utilize provided opportunities for personal and career development.

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:

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new processes in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interact with a variety of customers and team members from diverse backgrounds
  • Proficiency with computer software, including MS Office Suite and web applications
  • Administrative and/or customer service experience preferred but not required

Start Date

Fall 2018

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 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

Immediate

Preferred Schedule

Monday-Friday; 9am – 1:00pm

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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