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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

    Our office is conveniently located at 75 Sidney Street in Cambridge, MA close to Central Square. Employees have the opportunity to enjoy many amenities that this dynamic and thriving area offers.

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

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Current Job Openings

Outreach Scientist

Addgene is currently seeking a scientist who will join our outreach team and interface with the scientific community to increase plasmid contributions and to build partnerships with external organizations.

Job Description

Addgene is looking for an energetic individual with experience in molecular biology who will help the organization better serve scientists in the research community. Although you will not be conducting bench research, you will use your research experience to assist the scientific community. Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Manage planning and preparation for trips to universities and scientific meetings
  • Travel to universities and institutions on a regular basis to acquire new materials and raise awareness of Addgene’s service, 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
  • Identify and build partnerships and collaborations with external organizations, foundations, scientific societies, and scientific publishers
  • Attend conferences and give seminars to increase awareness of Addgene
  • Craft communications such as blog posts and guides on the website to help educate the scientific community
  • Assist on special projects, including cross-team efforts with a focus on business development

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. You must be willing to travel
(~ 25% of time) and possess the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Specific qualifications include:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related field required
  • Solid understanding of the principles of cloning and plasmid design
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically related to science communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with scientists
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Experience with general computer software including MS Office and Google; familiarity with Salesforce a plus

Start Date

Winter 2017

Applications

Please submit 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 Operations

Addgene has recently begun distributing viruses made from our popular plasmids, and we are seeking a scientist to join Addgene’s viral production team. This is a terrific opportunity to contribute to an important and growing resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

  • Produce lentiviral and AAV 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
  • Assist with packing and shipping DNA and viral samples to scientists around the world
  • 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 plasmid purification and restriction digests
  • Experience with basic tissue culture 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
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the United States

Start Date

Nov/Dec 2017 or Jan 2018

Applications

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

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IT Manager

Addgene is seeking an IT manager to oversee our office computer systems and networks. Addgene is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier for scientists to share plasmids, recognized by the Boston Globe as the #1 Top Place to Work (small company category). If you’re ready to work for a mission that makes a difference without burning yourself out, Addgene is the place for you.

Job Description

As the Addgene IT Manager, you will:

  • Report to the Director of Facilities
  • Guide and support our system administrator, who will be eyes, ears and hands for much of what you do
  • Ensure that we keep the in-office hardware, systems and networks working, reliable, recoverable and retaining all of their white smoke, and be proactive about changes and improvements
  • Manage vendor relationships
  • Evaluate Addgene’s future needs as the organization grows, and set and manage our IT budget
  • Refine Addgene’s IT policies, in particular with respect to security
  • Evaluate Addgene’s compliance needs, and plan and oversee internal audits
  • Plan and oversee specific project logistics such as office moves
  • Keep yourself happy by maintaining work life balance while nurturing and growing your professional abilities

Job Qualifications

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

Required skills:

  • 8+ years of IT experience, with at least 2 years of management experience. Your expertise includes:
    • Networking (voip, cpn, cabling, wireless, vlans, qos, firewalls)
    • Windows Server / Active Directory
    • Desktop systems: Windows, OS X / MacOS
    • Services: Google Apps
  • Ability to work independently

We welcome diversity and non-traditional paths into the IT profession, and advocate strongly for hiring the right person as opposed to the right combination of tech keywords.

Start Date

December 2017

Applications

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

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Human Resources Assistant

Do you have an interest in starting a career in Human Resources? Would you like to work at one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ companies? We are looking for someone eager to learn HR and become part of the Addgene team as an HR Assistant. In this role, you will be supporting the HR Manager as well as the Executive Director. You will begin to learn all facets of the human resources function including onboarding, recruiting, benefits, employee relations and compliance. You will also be responsible for general office administration activities such as greeting visitors and distributing mail.

Job Description

Recruiting

  • Assists with recruitment and staffing logistics including posting job opportunities, scheduling interviews, communicating directly with candidates as well as Addgenies
  • Maintains applicant tracking database

Onboarding

  • Communicates with new employees to help them prepare for their first day
  • Works with Addgene managers and IT to prepare for new hire arrival
  • Prepares new employee welcome and benefits folders and completes new hire checklist items
  • Conducts new employee orientation

Benefits

  • Handles the day-to-day administration of benefits for new hires, terminations, and any employee changes
  • Assists in planning open enrollment

Employee Relations

  • Serves as a resource to all Addgenies for HR questions
  • Maintains team directories, organizational charts and HR intranet pages
  • Assists with annual and mid year goal check ins

Compliance

  • Helps to ensure all HR and organizational policies, documents, forms are maintained and accessible
  • Assists with the management of employee personnel files

Administrative

  • Manages incoming communications for the office including answering incoming calls, greeting guests and reviewing and distributing all incoming correspondence
  • General office duties such as filing, copying, scanning and other office activities
  • Assists with planning for company events and activities
  • Assists with travel plans
  • Other duties as assigned

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, possess the ability and flexibility to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and prioritize requests from various sources. Most importantly, you must have a willingness to learn. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 0-2 years of experience
  • Must have an exceptional interpersonal skills and provide excellent customer service
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to identify and recommend improvements in processes
  • Strong attention to detail and follow up
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and discretion, especially with sensitive and confidential situations
  • Highly skilled in using MS Office Suite

Start Date

December 2017/ January 2018

Applications

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

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Accounts Receivable Specialist

Addgene is currently seeking an individual to join our team as an Accounts Receivable Specialist. In this role, you will be working closely with the Director of Finance and Accounting Manager along with our Customer Support Specialists on cross functional tasks. This is a terrific opportunity to join a dynamic team and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community. The ideal candidate is hands on, likes working in a transactional based position, self-motivated, and can work independently with attention to deadlines.

Job Description

  • Process daily receivable transactions including bank transfer, check, and credit card payments
  • Manage both domestic and international collections
  • Monitor accounts to identify outstanding and overdue balances
  • Interact with customers by phone or email to resolve billing or payment issues in a professional and timely manner
  • Attend monthly Accounting Meeting and provide updates to managers on overdue invoices and issues regarding payment delays
  • Initiate and lead projects to improve collection processes
  • Organize, update, and maintain Accounts Receivable protocols and files
  • Work with cross team peers in developing best practices to improve efficiency and productivity
  • Generate ad-hoc reports as requested by managers

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work efficiently
  • Previous Account Receivable and collections experience is a plus
  • Experience with Zendesk, and NetSuite - or other web-based accounting software - is a plus

Start Date

November 2017

Applications

Please submit 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 Scientific Curator (20 hours per week)

We are currently seeking a Part-time Scientific Curator who will join our Outreach team to assist in entering plasmid information into Addgene’s database and curate the existing plasmid collection. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

Addgene is looking for an independent, energetic individual with experience in molecular biology who will help the organization better serve scientists. As a Part-time Scientific Curator at Addgene, you will:

  • Work with Addgene Scientists to enter plasmid information provided by Depositing Scientists into Addgene’s database
  • Extract, organize, and compile scientific data from literature
  • Assist with curation of Addgene’s plasmid collection and create scientific content
  • Maintain and update Addgene’s plasmid collections webpages
  • Assist with special projects
  • Part-time (approximately 20 hours/week)

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, 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
  • Solid understanding of the principles of cloning and plasmid design
  • Knowledgeable about plasmids and their components
  • Familiarity with the online resources of NCBI and other scientific databases
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in HTML and web editing is desirable, but not required

Start Date

January 2018

Applications

Please submit 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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