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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

    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

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

Spring/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 (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 - 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

January/February 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 - Viral Support and Outreach

Addgene is seeking a collaborative Neuroscientist with strong AAV experience to join our team and help the organization better serve scientists that use Addgene’s Viral Service. Your expertise working with AAV will help you provide technical support to our AAV users, while your focus in neuroscience will help strategize a plan for strong external outreach, including traveling to universities and conferences, meeting with scientists, and becoming a friendly and knowledgeable ambassador for our Viral Services. Your interest/experience in science communication will be deployed directly for creating website and blog content. 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 daily support to requesting scientists by answering technical questions related to working with viral vectors (AAV and lentivirus) via phone/email
  • Work closely with depositing laboratories to obtain data and troubleshooting advice for experimental use of materials
  • Travel to universities and institutions (approximately 6 trips per year) to acquire new materials and raise awareness of Addgene’s services, including organizing and executing meetings with scientists, attending conferences, staffing exhibit booths, and giving talks to increase awareness of Addgene
  • Solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits by working with academic researchers
  • Curate Addgene’s viral vector collections and maintain related web pages, including HTML editing
  • Write scientific blog posts, guides, protocols, and video scripts on neuroscience- and viral vector-related topics
  • Assist Addgene’s viral team with tracking requests and inventory
  • 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 life sciences, preferably in field of Neuroscience or Neurobiology
  • Experience in Molecular Biology strongly preferred
  • Experience using AAV vectors required; experience conducting in vivo AAV experiments and viral production strongly preferred
  • Willingness to travel and attend scientific conferences required (approximately 6 trips per year, including weekends)
  • Strong troubleshooting and analytical skills and ability to handle multiple tasks independently
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentation proficiency, and ability to write scientific content for a variety of knowledge levels
  • Excellent networking skills

Start Date

January/February 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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