High-Throughput Screening Research Associate

Boston, MA /
Foundry: Test /
Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms. Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.

Core to our organism engineering pipeline is the testing and analysis of our engineered strains, using state-of-the-art analytical and automation technologies. We’re looking for highly talented and motivated research associates to join our high-throughput screening (HTS) team and help carry out these critical functions. A demonstrated ability to evolve a process in response to changing technology and demands is important, but a desire for quality output is essential.


    • Creation of strain libraries through the execution of a HTP transformation and colony picking workflows.
    • High-throughput culturing of microbial strains using a variety of automated solutions for use in high-throughput screens
    • Operating and troubleshooting laboratory automation in order to execute efficient, robust high-throughput workflows
    • Analyzing large data sets and communicating results to broader team

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • BS or MS in biology, chemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related field
    • 1-3 years of research experience, preferably within an industry environment.  (Note: recent or soon-to-be graduates must have at least 1 year of academic research experience (can be part time) that was acquired outside of their required coursework.)
    • Experience culturing and engineering microbes or mammalian cell lines in microtiter plates.
    • Experience with experimental design and data analysis

In addition, competitive candidates will have at least one of the following:

    • Experience operating/troubleshooting laboratory automation
    • Competency in at least one programming language
    • Experience in QA/QC or statistical process control, such as Six Sigma or lean manufacturing
    • Ability to work a shifted schedule over the weekend (e.g. Thursday - Monday)
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)
The engineering of living organisms could soon start changing everything (The Economist)
Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)
Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)
Ginkgo Bioworks Is Turning Human Cells into On-Demand Factories (WIRED)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
This food tech startup just raised $90 million to make it easier to invent new plant-based meats (Fast Company)

We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life. Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack – we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.