Senior Scientist - Viral Technical Support

Watertown, Massachusetts
Nov 06, 2019
Dec 06, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

Senior Scientist - Viral Technical Support 

Company Description 

Addgene is a thriving nonprofit founded in 2004 that facilitates biomedical research and discovery. Our biorepository stores, archives, and distributes plasmids for 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, and can be used for a variety of functions such as genome engineering, gene or shRNA expression, optogenetics, viral gene delivery, in vivo development of transgenic animals, as well as applications in a wide range of cells and organisms. 

In addition to sharing plasmids, Addgene also distributes ready-to-use viral vectors generated from plasmids within the repository, including AAV vectors predominantly used for neuroscience experiments and lentiviral vectors for CRISPR experiments. 

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Job Description 

Addgene is seeking a collaborative scientist with experience in Neurobiology or Neuroscience to join our team and assist with the increased demand for our viral technical support and quality control services. This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a dynamic environment and to contribute to an important scientific resource. 

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

  • Provide support to requesting scientists by answering technical questions related to working with viral vectors (AAV and lentivirus) via phone/email 
  • Assist Addgene’s viral team with tracking requests on new/backordered materials 
  • Work closely with depositing laboratories to obtain data and troubleshooting advice for experimental use of materials 
  • Curate Addgene’s viral vector collections and create scientific content 
  • Maintain familiarity with scientific literature in various fields, especially neuroscience 
  • Assist with special projects 

Job Location Addgene is located at 490 Arsenal Way, Suite 100, Watertown, MA. 

Compensation Compensation commensurate with experience. Addgene offers 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. The cost of public transportation or parking is fully paid by the company. 

Applications Please submit your resume and a cover letter to Only applications including both a cover letter AND resume will be considered. 

Job Qualifications Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individuals who are driven to help other scientists by embracing Addgene’s mission. Specific qualifications include: 

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Neurobiology or other life science 
  • Experience in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience strongly preferred 
  • Experience using AAV and lentiviral vectors and/or viral production strongly preferred 
  • Experience conducting in vivo experiments a plus 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work closely with scientists 
  • Strong troubleshooting and analytical skills and ability to handle multiple tasks independently 
  • Familiarity with tissue culture and sterile techniques 
  • Willingness to attend scientific conferences and meet with scientists (~1 trip/year) 

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