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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

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

Spring/Summer 2020


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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Outreach Scientist

Addgene is looking for an enthusiastic scientist with experience in molecular biology who will help the organization better serve scientists in the Asian research communities.

Job Responsibilities

Although you will not be conducting bench research, you will use your research experience to assist the scientific community. Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Solicit and facilitate plasmid deposits by working with academic researchers and members of their laboratories
  • Travel to universities and institutions (with a focus on Asian research communities) on a regular basis to acquire new materials and raise awareness of Addgene’s services, including organizing and executing one-on-one and group meetings with scientists, and giving talks to increase awareness of Addgene
  • Build and maintain relationships with scientists
  • Attend and speak at international conferences
  • Assist Addgene’s team with interfacing with scientists and customers in Asia
  • Assist with crafting communications, blog posts and marketing materials from Addgene customized for the Asian research communities
  • Support Asian marketing initiatives to increase awareness of Addgene, such as organizing conference sponsorships and seminars
  • Assist and lead special projects
  • Regular international travel, including to Asia (approximately 25%)

Job Qualifications

Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. You must be willing to travel regularly (approximately 25% of time) and to Asia. You should possess the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Specific qualifications include:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related field required
  • Solid understanding of the principles of cloning and plasmid design
  • Excellent written and verbal science communication skills, including public speaking and presentation proficiency
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with scientists
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience at Asian universities or research institutions a plus
  • Experience with marketing/sales a plus
  • Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese required

Start Date

February/March 2020


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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