Software Engineering Intern

Boston, MA
Internships and Co-ops
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.

We're making the code base, compiler, and debugger for life. We're looking for motivated Software Engineering Interns who want to play a crucial role in developing the organism design toolchain - the CAD, CAM, and CAT tools that will define how bioengineers design organisms at scale.

Ginkgo's programming languages of choice are Ruby, Python, Javascript/HTML, and DNA, but you must be someone who loves writing elegant code in any language. Most importantly, you should be passionate about making biology the next engineering discipline. The 20th century was all about bits and the awesome technology of computers. The 21st century is all about atoms and the awesome technology of biology. Ginkgo is at the forefront of this revolution.  Here's your chance to change the world (rather than selling more ads).

Please note:  this is a paid internship.

Project Examples

    • Designing and implementing tools and workflows for genetic design of genes, metabolic pathways, and genome modifications
    • Programming robots to assemble DNA, modify genomes, culture cells, and prepare assay samples
    • Developing verification tools for strain construction
    • Developing data analysis tools and workflows for processing and analyzing NGS and mass spec data

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • Undergraduate junior or senior who has demonstrated amazing programming skills through interesting independent programming projects
    • Loves to write elegant code
    • Excited to work hand-in-hand with the foundry team to develop the next generation of foundry for engineering organisms
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
Ginkgo Bioworks Is Turning Human Cells into On-Demand Factories (WIRED)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Pour Into Hacking Microbes (Forbes)
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.