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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

IT Administrator

Addgene is seeking an IT Administrator to manage all aspects of our organization's corporate computer systems and networks.

Job Description

As the Addgene IT Administrator, you will be the primary IT support person. This means you will:

  • Monitor, triage and process help-desk tickets, with support from a helpdesk intern, providing a high-quality user experience for employees and contractors
  • Manage, monitor and improve office networks and servers, VoIP phones and audio-visual systems; ensure that all in-office hardware and systems are secure, reliable and recoverable
  • Proactively identify security vulnerabilities and address them
  • Provide desktop support for MacOS and Windows machines
  • Administer software services such as G Suite and LastPass
  • Manage IT processes such as provisioning and de-provisioning, ensuring compliance and coordination with HR and legal
  • Provide user training
  • Participate in the strategic alignment between IT, business, and software product development, and in setting the company IT policies with emphasis on information security
  • Communicate regularly with executive management on information technology
  • Coordinate with and support IT consultants as needed

Job Qualifications

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

  • 2+ years IT experience
  • Networking (VOIP, VPN, cabling, wireless)
  • Windows Active Directory
  • Windows, OS X / MacOS
  • G Suite / Google Apps
  • Ability to work independently / minimal supervision

Start Date

April 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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Shipping Customer Support Specialist

Addgene is currently seeking an individual to join our team as an Shipping Customer Support Specialist.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide knowledgeable, friendly support to customers with shipping-related questions and concerns
  • Completion of tasks related to order processing and shipping to ensure successful delivery of Addgene materials to requesting labs
  • Review and process order documentation such as legal agreements and import permits
  • Juggle and prioritize multiple customer requests and tasks simultaneously
  • Communicate daily with couriers and shipping vendors to ensure shipping related issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner
  • Support Addgene’s international distributor and logistics partner relationships through daily communications with the distributors in regards to order processing and shipment logistics
  • Participate in cross-team meetings and collaborations to address challenges, develop new ideas, and implement changes to streamline and improve shipping operations at Addgene

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. Specific qualifications include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Ability to learn new concepts, processes, and technology quickly
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and productively with customers and all levels of staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Dependable and able to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Experience with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Previous administrative and/or customer service experience desired

Start Date

April 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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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 technical or scientific background is required for this role. Customer Support Specialists at Addgene keep business activities organized and moving forward. You will have the opportunity to perform a wide range of tasks related to order processing and internal operations. This is a full time, entry level opportunity.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide high-quality customer service via email and telephone. Answer customer questions in a timely manner for questions related to placing orders, approving legal agreements, shipping, and payment.
  • Review and process order-related documentation such as legal agreements and import permits.
  • Work both independently and with team members to troubleshoot, escalate and resolve customer issues to ensure customer satisfaction and enable success of other teams at Addgene.
  • Maintain knowledge of new Addgene services and changes to internal processes.
  • Prioritize multiple customer requests and administrative tasks simultaneously.
  • Communicate and collaborate daily with team members to share information, and 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.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including active listening
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Effective interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with team members from diverse backgrounds and enjoy assisting others
  • Ability to exhibit patience, empathy and flexibility with customers and team members in a fast paced environment
  • Proficiency with computer software, including MS Office Suite and web applications
  • Administrative and/or customer service experience preferred but not required

Start Date

April 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 Lab Assistant

Addgene is seeking a Part-time Lab Assistant to support the Plasmid Lab Division of the company. The principal activities of the role will be preparing common reagents in the laboratory, as well as participating in general lab processes, which include the generation of bacterial stabs for order fulfillment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare LB/TB media, antibiotics and other common reagents
  • Organize and maintain glassware, including washing and autoclave activities
  • Clean/maintain work area and lab equipment and supplies as needed
  • Aliquot and label DNA samples
  • Store samples using custom built tracking software
  • 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 required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; both verbal and written are essential
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to work independently

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 6 months

Preferred Schedule

  • Monday through Friday 8am-1pm or 9am-2pm
  • Up to 25 hours per week

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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