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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 currently located at 75 Sidney Street in Cambridge, MA close to Central Square. In November 2018, Addgene will be relocating to Watertown, MA.

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

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Current Job Openings

Product Development Scientist

Addgene is currently seeking a Product Development Scientist to join our team. In this role, you will design, implement, and continually upgrade processes related to distribution of DNA based products. Additionally you will support QC initiatives to improve success rates while maintaining our high quality standards.

Job Description

You will report to the Associate Director of Quality Control and manage development and execution of DNA based products and services in our lab in Cambridge, MA. You will have the opportunity to contribute to Addgene’s mission by:

  • Overseeing smooth lab operations as related to new product development, including creating SOPs, managing supply levels, and maintaining a clean, safe working environment.
  • Developing, optimizing and validating high-throughput (HTP) DNA based assays.
  • Carrying out lab work related to the production, quality control, and distribution of DNA based products.
  • Identify solutions to technical challenges to enable on-time and on-budget delivery of DNA based products.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director of Quality Control, establishing and implementing policies and protocols for new assays. Integrating new assays into current workflows and conducting hands-on training of lab technicians.
  • Effectively managing personnel and resources to achieve timely execution of projects; working with cross-functional teams to execute plans and set deliverables.

Job Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Biology or a life science discipline with 2+ years related laboratory experience; MS with 4+ years related laboratory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive experience with plasmid and genomic DNA purification, bacterial culture, and general micro/molecular biology techniques.
  • Effective process management skills; proven track record of independent assay development including troubleshooting and data analysis.
  • Management experience preferred.
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to work independently
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Able to stand and/or sit for up to 2 hours at a time
  • Occasionally will need to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds

Start Date

Summer 2018


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


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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