Organic Chemist

Boston, MA
Foundry: Test
Full-time

Ginkgo Bioworks is the Organism Company. We design yeast to make novel fragrances, flavors and other cultured ingredients. Here is our recently announced cultured rose fragrance:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3039743/the-quest-to-reproduce-the-scent-of-a-rose-with-designer-microbes

We are looking for chemists who are as excited as we are about the potential for merging biological design with the design of scents and flavors. Candidates should have a variety of chemistry experience in one or more of the following areas: total synthesis, natural products chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, analytical chemistry, and/or process chemistry.

Responsibilities

    • Synthesis, purification, and characterization of metabolic intermediates and natural products for use as analytical standards
    • Development of chemical tools to enable HTP assays of organism performance
    • Development of methods for gram-scale extraction and purification of target molecules from biosynthetic culture conditions
    • Analytical characterization of extraction and purification processes

Requirements

    • PhD in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical biology or similar or BS/MS with equivalent industry experience
    • Experience in preparative chromatography approaches a plus
    • Experience in organic synthesis a plus
    • Experience in plant natural products chemistry a plus

To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/move-over-jony-ivebiologists-are-the-next-rock-star-designers/

http://fortune.com/2015/07/23/ginkgo-bioworks/

https://medium.com/the-os-fund/a-new-era-of-industrial-engineering-using-biology-dd4571aa6d27


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.