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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.

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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

Senior Software Engineer

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a Senior 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.

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Work within the Scrum framework to code user stories and fix bugs
  • Participate in daily stand-up meetings, and other Scrum ceremonies including sprint demonstrations where you will showcase your work
  • Provide technical mentorship to software engineers and co-op students
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Experience working in a Scrum team
  • 7+ 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

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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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.

As a Software Engineer, you will:

  • Work within the Scrum framework to code user stories and fix bugs
  • Participate in daily stand-up meetings, and other Scrum ceremonies including sprint demonstrations where you will showcase your work
  • Work collaboratively with our product team on all aspects of our Scrum process
  • 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

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. This includes being on call for emergencies (sharing this responsibility with other engineers).
  • 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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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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Lab Technician I

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a Lab Technician to perform a wide range of activities designed to assist academic scientists in archiving their plasmid DNA samples and distributing the samples to researchers who need them for future experiments.

As a Lab Technician, you will:

  • Fulfill requests for DNA samples: prepare samples for shipment, print order fulfillment documents, and package samples into boxes for shipments
  • Process incoming DNA samples: use Addgene's computer software to track incoming samples, transform DNA into bacteria, grow and store bacteria
  • Perform lab maintenance: order consumables, prepare media, prepare LB agar plates and stabs.
  • Conduct quality control of DNA samples: prepare DNA and conduct restriction digests.
  • Miscellaneous laboratory and office tasks, including working with other members of Addgene on special projects and assignments

Job Qualifications

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

  • B.S. (preferred) or B.A. in biological sciences with 0-2 years' experience or an Associates degree with 2-3 years' experience
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with pipetting and using sterile technique
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Self-motivated
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills required
  • May be asked to travel/represent the company at local conferences up to 2 times per year

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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Shipping Operations Specialist

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

Job Responsibilities

  • Completion of tasks related to order processing and shipping to ensure successful delivery of Addgene materials to requesting labs
  • Assist the Shipping Operations Manager with the import/export process. Expedite the flow of traffic to/from foreign destinations, including customs documentation and transportation.
  • Provide knowledgeable, friendly support to customers with shipping-related questions and concerns
  • 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

  • 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 verbal and written communication skills
  • 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

March 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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Accounts Receivable Specialist

Job Description

Addgene is currently seeking an individual to join our team as an Accounts Receivable Specialist. In this role, you will work closely with the Director of Finance and the Accounting Manager in support of the day-to-day accounting operations.

Responsibilities

  • 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

March 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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Talent Acquisition Specialist (part-time)

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a highly motivated and capable part-time recruiter as we continue to grow. This individual will identify, develop, and implement strategies for recruiting. This role is well suited to individuals who have worked in small company environments and who understand the need to work cross-functionally, adapt to changing needs, multi-task, and evolve company procedures. In this role, you will be reporting to the HR Manager.

As a Talent Acquisition Specialist, you will:

  • Create strong talent pipelines that provide a qualified and diverse candidate pool for current and future hiring needs
  • Deliver an exceptional candidate experience by managing the candidate journey and acting as a candidate advocate, ensuring he/ she is fully prepared and kept updated
  • Assist hiring manager in the design of job descriptions and interview questions that reflect each position’s requirements
  • Plan interview and selection procedures, including screening calls, assessments, and in-person interviews
  • Arrange candidate interviews by coordinating schedules, sending invitations and confirmations, escorting applicants to interviews, etc
  • Present offers to candidates, emphasizing benefits and perks
  • Follow up with hiring managers to ensure updated information on the recruiting process status
  • Create an effective applicant tracking system to help track measurable facets of the recruiting and hiring process
  • Avoid legal challenges by understanding current legislation, enforcing regulations with managers, recommending new procedures, and conducting training
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations
  • Assist with general HR activities as time allows

Job Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of full cycle recruiting experience required
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent recruiting and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of employment law
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive information with tact and discretion
  • Strong computer skills

Start Date

February/ March 2019

Hours

This is a part-time position with about 20-25 hours per week. A great deal of flexibility can be built into the role.

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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IT Intern

Addgene is currently seeking an IT Intern to join our team. Reporting to the IT Manager and assisting the Systems Administrator, this role is an internship designed to provide a breadth of entry level experiences such as Helpdesk and Systems support. In this role, the IT Intern will experience a bit of everything that enables Addgene and other small businesses to operate on a day to day basis from an IT/systems perspective.

Job Responsibilities

  • Deployment and support of Windows and macOS computer systems
  • Support various technology including VOIP phones, printers and AV equipment
  • Respond to requests from in-house staff
  • Assist in creating documentation
  • Maintain and audit equipment inventory

Job Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Windows and macOS
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Comfortable interacting with and supporting in-house staff
  • Interest in learning new things
  • Knowledge of Gmail and/or G Suite a plus
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and be able to crawl under a desk

Start Date

  • Immediate

Preferred Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 20-25 hours per week
  • $16.50/ hour

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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