Build Team Padawan (1 year paid internship)

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 ten different organisms making different products across multiple industries.

Core to our organism engineering pipeline is the construction of our engineered strains using state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques and automation platforms. We are looking for highly talented and motivated students to join our Build team. Interns on the Build team help maintain, improve, and innovate the high-throughput genetic engineering of microbes.

The ideal candidate will be a fast learner and a critical thinker, with a passion for the biology, chemistry, and process development of organism editing. At least 1 year of laboratory experience related to genetic engineering, genetics, microbial biology, or molecular biology is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities may include

    • Running, QC'ing, improving and developing unit operations associated with strain construction across multiple hosts and products
    • Investigating, validating, and on-boarding new technologies related to organism construction


    • BS or MS in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, or related fields
    • Experience with protocol optimization and/or process engineering is preferred
    • Familiarity with software or laboratory automation is a plus

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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. 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.