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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

Senior DNA Services Manager

We are seeking a Senior DNA Services Manager to oversee lab processes and personnel involved with current and future inventoried DNA products and services. Additionally, you will support QC initiatives to improve success rates while maintaining our high quality standards. The ideal candidate will be motivated, possess strong communication and management skills, and have outstanding laboratory experience and ability. This is a terrific opportunity to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Essential Functions/Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of QC/QA, you will manage the execution and improvement of DNA-based product production and oversee DNA-based distribution services in our lab in Watertown, MA. You will have the opportunity to contribute to Addgene’s mission by:

  • Effectively managing DNA team personnel providing support, mentorship, and technical expertise
  • Carrying out lab work related to the production, quality control, and distribution of DNA based products for internal and external use
  • Conducting computer-based work, including use of our in-house LIMS system, to ensure smooth operations of service
  • Proactively evaluating DNA lab protocols and procedures to identify areas of improvement. Identifying and implementing solutions to technical challenges and/or mitigating gaps in current pipelines to enable on-time and on-budget delivery of DNA based products
  • Working closely with Sr. Scientific lab manager to ensure continuity between inventoried DNA services and classic plasmid distribution services. Acting as main liaison with other teams on specific projects related to lab DNA processes
  • Leading and participating 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:

  • 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
  • Demonstrated managerial and supervisory ability and well-developed leadership skills
  • Experience in a core facility or production environment preferred
  • Small and large scale DNA extraction experience required, knowledge of high throughput extraction methodologies a plus
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize and execute multiple tasks and/or projects
  • Proven ability to evaluate and produce reliable results, problem-solve and troubleshoot complex problems
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Familiar with general computer software
  • Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the United States

Start Date

Summer 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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Lab Technician - Viral Vector Production and QC

Addgene is now exploring new ways to serve the research community, and we are seeking a scientist to join Addgene’s viral production team. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community. Learn more about Addgene at www.addgene.org/careers/.

Job Description

  • Produce lentiviral and AAV particles from expression plasmids
  • Determine titer and conduct quality control of viral particles
  • Organize and track samples during production and storage
  • Test and optimize protocols for production and quality control of viral particles
  • Responsible for supporting 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 enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • BA/BS in Biology or life science discipline
  • Familiarity with sterile technique
  • Experience with tissue culture and viral production preferred
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • 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

Summer 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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Part-time Order Processing Assistant - Lab Track (20-25 hours per week)

Addgene is currently seeking a Part-time Order Processing Assistant-Lab Track who will join our Shipping Operations Team to assist the laboratory staff with preparing and packaging plasmid, viral and DNA orders. The Ordering Processing Assistant-Lab Track is an entry level position with future potential to gain further experience in the laboratory and to possibly transition to lab work.

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. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a growing nonprofit and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Responsibilities

As an Order Processing Assistant-Lab Track at Addgene, you will:

  • Prepare materials, including documentation, for outbound shipments
  • Assist in picking and packing of orders
  • Manage, organize and retrieve inventory
  • Take on additional duties within the lab as needed, including, but not limited to:
    • Preparing and dispensing solutions using sterile techniques
    • Inoculating agar stabs from bacterial stocks
    • Preparing media, antibiotics and other common reagents
  • Be responsible for supporting lab operations, including inventory management, solution preparation, and standard lab tasks
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Job Qualifications

  • Certificate in Biotechnology or related field recommended
  • AAS Degree or equivalent lab work experience preferred
  • Basic knowledge of aseptic techniques preferred
  • Able to efficiently manage and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Follows procedures and demonstrates thoroughness in performing job tasks and assignments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to work independently
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs

Job Location

Addgene’s Headquarters is located at 490 Arsenal Way in Watertown, MA. The building has ample parking, provides a shuttle from the Harvard Square T stop, and is on multiple bus lines.

Start Date & Schedule

  • Candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 6 months with a preferred 20 - 25 hours per week (4-5 hours/ per day)
  • Exact schedule will be discussed during an interview and confirmed upon hire

Benefits

Part time Addgenies working at least 20 hours are eligible to participate in our 403b program. A T or computer rail pass will also be provided if you are in the office at least 4 days per week. We also provide fun benefits such as museum passes and yoga classes.

Applications

All interested applicants should send a cover letter AND resume to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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Part-time Order Processing Assistant - Operations Track (20-25 hours per week)

Addgene is currently seeking a part-time Order Processing Assistant who will join our Shipping Operations team to assist the laboratory staff with preparing and packaging plasmid, viral and DNA orders. The Ordering Processing Assistant is an entry level position with future potential to gain further experience within the Operations team and to transition to full time operations work.

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. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a growing nonprofit and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Responsibilities

As an Order Processing Assistant at Addgene, you will:

  • Prepare materials, including documentation, for outbound shipments
  • Assist in picking and packing of orders
  • Prep and stock packaging materials
  • Manage, organize, and receive inventory on a daily basis
  • Take on additional duties within Shipping Operations as needed, including, but not limited to:
    • Preparing manual shipment preparations including import and export documentation
    • Tracking/monitoring shipments in transit
    • Assisting in export/import related projects and country specific shipping procedures

Job Qualifications

  • Strong collaborative team player
  • Able to efficiently manage and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A growth mindset that seeks constructive feedback to continuously improve
  • Follows procedures and demonstrates thoroughness in performing job tasks and assignments
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Operations and/or fulfillment experience is preferred but not required
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs

Job Location

Addgene’s Headquarters is located at 490 Arsenal Way in Watertown, MA. The building has ample parking, provides a shuttle from the Harvard Square T stop, and is on multiple bus lines.

Start Date & Schedule

  • Candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 6 months with a preferred 20 - 25 hours per week (4-5 hours/ per day)
  • Exact schedule will be discussed during an interview and confirmed upon hire

Benefits

Part time Addgenies working at least 20 hours are eligible to participate in our 403b program. A T or computer rail pass will also be provided if you are in the office at least 4 days per week. We also provide fun benefits such as museum passes and yoga classes.

Applications

All interested applicants should send a cover letter AND resume to [email protected]. Only applications with a resume AND cover letter will be considered.

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