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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

Associate Product Owner

Addgene is seeking an experienced, talented Associate Product Owner to join our Product team. As part of the Product team, you will interact with key internal stakeholders to gather, document and analyze requirements for developing and delivering features for Addgene.org and our internal-facing LIMS (Lab Information Management System) platform using a Scrum-based agile software development methodology.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assists the Senior Product Owner with Scrum responsibilities and participates in Scrum ceremonies
  • Works with the Product team to collect and interpret stakeholder input for new features and enhancements
  • Produces wireframes and mockups for user stories when necessary
  • Writes user stories for feature work that includes acceptance criteria and story artifacts (e.g. wireframes, mockups) when applicable
  • Collaborates with and supports the Development team during a sprint
  • Initiates and performs user acceptance testing for stories with stakeholders to ensure acceptance criteria is met
  • Creates bug tickets on behalf of stakeholders
  • Helps triage urgent issue bugs that are reported by stakeholders and customers
  • Reviews and provides feedback on user stories written by Product team members

Job Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of professional experience as either a Product Owner or Business Analyst on a Scrum team
  • Experience gathering and drafting product requirements from stakeholders, prioritizing features, authoring user stories and defining acceptance criteria
  • Demonstrate an ability to empathize with both stakeholders and end users to make the right compromises to deliver value in the face of technical, resource, and time constraints
  • Experience with a technology product or platform with complex, interrelated, work streams
  • Possess outstanding interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems from beginning to end
  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction to accomplish objectives on time

Bonus Points

  • Experience with JIRA, Balsamiq
  • Coding experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or Python
  • Understanding of content or configuration management via a CMS
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) certification
  • Bachelor’s degree or possess an equivalent combination of applicable education, training, and industry-related work experience

Start Date

August 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 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

July 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 Scientific Curator

Addgene is 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 and viral vector collection. We are looking for an independent, energetic individual with experience in molecular biology who will help the organization better serve scientists.

Job Responsibilities

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 web pages
  • Assist with special projects
  • Work with us on a part-time basis (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

Job Location

The Part-time Scientific Curator will be based at Addgene’s headquarters in Watertown, MA. The position will initially require the individual to work in the office with the future potential for a portion of the work to be done off-site.

Start Date

August 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 (20-25 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 in both the laboratory and within the Operations team.

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
  • Manage, organize and retrieve inventory
  • Prepare and dispense solutions using sterile techniques
  • Take on additional duties within Shipping Operations and the lab as needed

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
  • Laboratory experience is preferred but not required
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs

Start Date and Schedule

  • August 2019
  • Candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 6 months with a preferred 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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Science Video Production Specialist

Addgene is seeking a Science Video Production Specialist who will join our Outreach & Marketing Team to produce video content to facilitate inbound marketing efforts, increasing awareness and engagement with the scientific community through our YouTube and social media channels.

Job Responsibilities

As the Science Video Production Specialist, you will:

  • Develop and produce video content to support marketing and communications objectives, including scriptwriting, filming, video editing, audio editing, and promotion of video content
  • Spearhead and develop initiatives like the How-To Tutorials, Lab Protocols, and whiteboard videos explaining scientific concepts (collaborating with the Viral Vector and Scientist Teams)
  • Create engaging video content for social media campaigns including animations and gifs
  • Track and analyze the effectiveness of various video strategies
  • Assist in other media-based projects with various Addgene Teams such as recording company meetings for internal distribution and scientific presentations for external distribution
  • Assist with other marketing projects such as newsletters, blog posts, and editing written content for the blog and website, as needed
  • Create and edit protocol web pages to accompany video protocols

Job Qualifications

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

  • Bachelor's degree and 2 years related experience. In depth-knowledge of biology (ex: biology courses, lab experience)
  • Experience executing biology protocols in the lab OR working with scientists in a video production role
  • Experience in using video for social media marketing
  • Proficient in Final Cut Pro or Premiere
  • Experience with animation software such as After Effects
  • Experience in design applications like Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Experience in HTML and web editing is desirable, but not required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Excited about cross-team collaborations

Start Date

September 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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