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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 located at 490 Arsenal Way in Watertown, MA.

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

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Current Job Openings

Software Engineer

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a Software Engineer to join our Development team and help us improve all aspects of our highly software driven non-profit organization. This is an opportunity to work from soup to nuts on a complex Python and Django web environment that supports both our public website and our internal lab and inventory management systems.

Addgene uses Python, Django, and a range of common web technologies. As a member of the Development Team, you will:

  • Report to the Software Team Lead
  • Work collaboratively within the Scrum framework to develop user stories and address bug fixes
  • Participate in daily stand-up meetings, and other Scrum ceremonies including sprint demonstrations where you will showcase your work
  • Collaborate with the product team and issue stakeholders to clarify requirements, provide estimates, verify solutions, and track their progress
  • Review other team members’ code, and have your code reviewed
  • Write unit tests, integration tests, and behavior driven functional tests
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and best practices and seek out opportunities to integrate them into our code base and processes
  • Maintain your work-life balance while nurturing and growing your professional and technical abilities

Job Qualifications

We welcome diversity and non-traditional paths into the profession, and advocate strongly for hiring the right person as opposed to the right combination of tech keywords. Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • 3-5 years full stack web application development experience, preferably in Python and Django. This includes working all the way from schema design to the presentation layer, interacting with APIs, writing tests, and coordinating with Tech Ops on deployments, and site reliability
  • Experience with common software engineering practices, including source control (we use Git with Github), testing (we use Python unittest, Selenium and Behave), code reviews (we use Github Pull Requests), and deployment (we use Fabric and Ansible)
  • Experience with common web technologies such as: HTML, CSS, LESS, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, Apache, MariaDB, Linux
  • UI/UX expertise is a big plus, but not required

Start Date

Immediately

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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Team Lead / Senior Software Engineer

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a hands-on Team Lead to manage our Development team, provide technical direction, interface with our Product team, and write some code. This is an opportunity to work from soup to nuts on a complex Python and Django web environment that supports both our public website and our internal lab and inventory management systems.

Addgene uses Python, Django, and a range of common web technologies. As a Team Lead / Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Report to the Chief Technology Officer
  • Manage a team of software engineers and co-op students, providing day to day support, 1:1 meetings, annual reviews, and guidance for both technical and professional development
  • Work collaboratively with our product team on all aspects of our Scrum process, contributing your technical expertise to the planning and execution process
  • Work collaboratively with the development team on drafting the technical blueprints for our epics and user stories
  • Design, implement, test, verify, and deploy your code
  • Review other team members’ code, and have your code reviewed
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and best practices and seek out opportunities to integrate them into our code base and processes
  • Maintain your work life balance while nurturing and growing your professional and technical abilities

Job Qualifications

We welcome diversity and non-traditional paths into the profession, and advocate strongly for hiring the right person as opposed to the right combination of tech keywords. Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • Experience as a manager or technical lead in a professional software development environment
  • Experience working in a Scrum team
  • 8+ years of full stack web application development experience, preferably in Python and Django. This includes working all the way from schema design to the presentation layer, interacting with APIs, writing tests, and coordinating with Tech Ops on deployments and site reliability
  • Experience with common web technologies such as: HTML, CSS, LESS, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, Apache, MariaDB, Linux
  • Experience with common software engineering practices, including source control (we use Git with Github), testing (we use Python unittest, Selenium and Behave), code reviews (we use Github Pull Requests), and deployment (we use Fabric and Ansible)

Start Date

Immediately

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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Back-end Python Engineer

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a Back-end engineer to join our Development team and work on the robustness of our Python and Django applications, help us maintain and improve our highly automated infrastructure-as-code environment, and provide operations support. This is an opportunity to work from soup to nuts on a complex code base that supports both our public website and our internal lab and inventory management systems.

Addgene’s applications are built on Python, Django, and a range of common web technologies. Addgene’s infrastructure is built on AWS with Terraform and Ansible. As a Back-end engineer, you will:

  • Report to the Chief Technology Officer
  • Work collaboratively with our Principal Site Reliability Engineer and our Development team to improve the scalability, maintainability, security, and availability of the code base and its supporting infrastructure
  • Use monitoring, profiling, and feedback to improve the code base and infrastructure
  • Create, use, and improve automation to avoid boring, error prone, manual work
  • Review other team members’ code, and have your code reviewed
  • Provide support for our production environment and ensure our high-volume website is available and responsive
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and best practices and seek out opportunities to integrate them into our code base and processes
  • Maintain your work life balance while nurturing and growing your professional and technical abilities

Job Qualifications

We welcome diversity and non-traditional paths into the profession, and advocate strongly for hiring the right person as opposed to the right combination of tech keywords. Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • 4+ years of back-end development experience, preferably with Python and Django
  • Database, ORM, and SQL expertise
  • Experience with:
    • Cloud providers (we use AWS and GCP)
    • Virtualization, containers, and orchestration systems
    • Infrastructure as code tools (we use Terraform and Packer)
    • Config management (we use Ansible)
    • Monitoring and profiling tools (we use New Relic and icinga/nagios)
    • Common software engineering practices, including source control (we use Git with Github) and code reviews (we use Github Pull Requests)
  • Experience migrating monolithic applications to microservices is a big plus

Start Date

Immediately

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 - Technical Support

Job Description

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.

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
  • Interface with research scientists to solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits
  • Conduct quality control of plasmids, primarily through sequence verification (sequencing reactions conducted by an outside company)
  • Work closely with depositing laboratories to resolve quality control issues
  • Curate Addgene’s plasmid collection and create scientific content
  • 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 Biology or other life science
  • Experience in Molecular Biology strongly preferred
  • 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 sequence analysis and plasmid mapping software. Knowledge of next-generation sequencing technology is a plus
  • Willingness to attend scientific conferences and meet with scientists (~1 trip/year)

Start Date

January 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 Vector Operations

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 become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

  • 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

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

Job Qualifications

  • BA/BS or MS in Biology or life science discipline
  • Familiarity with sterile technique
  • Experience with plasmid purification and restriction digests
  • Experience with basic tissue culture
  • 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

Early 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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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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