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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

    Our office is conveniently located at 75 Sidney Street in Cambridge, MA close to Central Square. Employees have the opportunity to enjoy many amenities that this dynamic and thriving area offers.

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

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Current Job Openings

Scientist / DNA Sequencing Analyst

Addgene is currently seeking a DNA Sequencing Analyst to join our team. In this role, you will prepare and submit samples for next-generation sequencing, analyze results, and communicate findings to depositing scientists. Additionally, you will support QC initiatives to streamline and automate our processes while maintaining our high quality standards.

Job Description

Addgene is seeking a DNA Sequencing Analyst to join our team and assist with the increased demand for our services. Although you will not be conducting bench research, you will use your previous experience to assist the scientific community. Examples of specific tasks include:

  • Collect and enter cloning information on behalf of depositing labs
  • Coordinate sample preparation and delivery to sequencing facility and return of sequencing results
  • Perform quality control analysis of plasmids following existing standard procedures
  • Correspond with depositing laboratories to notify of deposit status
  • Contribute to team quality control goals and with special projects

Job Qualifications

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

  • MS (or BS/BA with equivalent experience) in Biology or other life science
  • Experience with cloning, primer design, and sequence analysis
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English; strong written and oral communication skills and ability to work closely with scientists required
  • Familiarity with reading scientific research articles
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office, and sequence analysis software
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing analysis using bioinformatic software preferred
  • Experience with amplification and quality control of pooled DNA plasmid libraries a plus

Start Date

January 2018

Applications

Please submit 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

Addgene has recently begun distributing viruses made from our popular plasmids, and we are seeking a scientist to join Addgene’s viral production team. This is a terrific opportunity to contribute to an important and growing resource for the scientific community.

Job Description

  • Produce lentiviral and AAV 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
  • Assist with packing and shipping DNA and viral samples to scientists around the world
  • Responsible for supporting 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 enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who want to be a part of Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include:

  • BA/BS in Biology or life science discipline
  • Familiarity with sterile technique
  • Experience with plasmid purification and restriction digests
  • Experience with basic tissue culture preferred
  • 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
  • Familiarity with general computer software, including MS Office and web applications
  • Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the United States

Start Date

Nov/Dec 2017 or Jan 2018

Applications

Please submit 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

Addgene is currently seeking an individual to join our team as an Accounts Receivable Specialist. In this role, you will be working closely with the Director of Finance and Accounting Manager along with our Customer Support Specialists on cross functional tasks. This is a terrific opportunity to join a dynamic team and to contribute to an important resource for the scientific community. The ideal candidate is hands on, likes working in a transactional based position, self-motivated, and can work independently with attention to deadlines.

Job Description

  • 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

November 2017

Applications

Please submit 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 Description

  • 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

Schedule

Monday - Friday, 20-25 hours per week

Start Date

Immediately

Applications

Please send a cover letter describing your computer experience and resume to [email protected]. Only applications with a cover letter AND resume 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 orders. You will spend approximately 75% of your time packaging orders and 25% of your time may be spent in the lab.

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare samples for shipment, print order fulfillment documents, and package samples into boxes for shipment
  • Prepare and dispense media using sterile techniques
  • Assist with other routine lab operation tasks as instructed

Job Qualifications

  • Interest in life sciences industry
  • Familiarity with pipetting and using sterile, aseptic technique preferred
  • 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
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs

Start Date

Immediate

Preferred Schedule

Monday-Friday; 9am – 1:00pm

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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