Downstream Process Engineer

Boston, MA /
Deployment /
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.

To realize our dream of building a next-generation organism company, each of our organisms needs to be successfully deployed. Ensuring that the deployed product reproducibly meets customer and market specification in an economically viable process is critical to Ginkgo’s success. Therefore, we’re seeking a Downstream Process Engineer to help tackle this ambitious challenge. With your passion for process development, and a particular interest in downstream product recovery and purification, you’ll be responsible for designing, developing, and deploying product recovery and purification processes for a variety of products across several scales and sites.  


    • Design and execute laboratory and pilot scale experiments, leading to the definition of commercially viable processes that leverage Ginkgo's engineered organisms
    • Perform bench scale assays and proof-of-concept experiments
    • Contribute to project and resource planning for Downstream Process Engineering projects
    • Assist with process design for new projects
    • Collaborate with other technical teams, including Fermentation, QA/QC, and Program teams to successfully deliver products to customers
    • Assist with designing and building lab-scale chemical unit operations (distillation, filtration, extraction) equipment
    • Perform literature reviews and summarize relevant topics for active work streams
    • Identify emerging equipment needs that are necessary to deliver against the downstream process team's project portfolio, and procure needed equipment as appropriate

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • BS in chemical engineering, biotechnology, or related field with 1-6 years of industrial experience; OR Ph.D.
    • Hands-on experience with chemical separations equipment (e.g. distillation, filtration, chromatography, centrifugation), and a strong understanding of the underlying theory
    • Enthusiasm for both computational and hands-on experimentation
    • Experience with modeling software (ASPEN, SuperPro, etc.) or building computational models
    • Experience with microbiology, fermentation, and/or purification of products from fermentation a plus
    • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment, and balance multiple projects simultaneously
    • Excellent communication, problem solving, and data analysis skills

To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
Ginkgo Bioworks Awarded $40MM NIH RADx-ATP Contract to Expand High Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Testing (PR Newswire)
Ginkgo Bioworks CEO on scaling up Covid-19 testing: ‘If we try, we can win’ (CNBC)
Ginkgo raises $70 million to ramp up COVID-19 testing for employers, universities (Boston Globe)
Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)
Ginkgo Bioworks Provides Support on Process Optimization to Moderna for COVID-19 Response (PRNewswire)
The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)
Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)
Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that 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. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

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