Foundry Operations Paid Co-op

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.

Co-op students at Ginkgo will be responsible for learning and performing a particular set of operations within our foundry. Foundry operations include genetic engineering and molecular biology, enzyme screening, metabolomics, proteomics, fermentation, and purification. Our approaches are designed to scale 100-1000x via software and automation. You’ll be exposed to the cutting edge and be expected to not only perform operations but report on daily activities to a mixed team of software developers, biological and chemical engineers, and biologists. The ability to adapt in a rapidly changing technological environment will be required.

This full-time co-op is paid and duration is 6-9 months. It is intended for students.


    • Daily execution of a set of operations in the foundry associated with strain construction or strain testing across multiple hosts and products, including genetic engineering, cultivation, sample extraction, assays, and analytics
    • Collection, analysis, and reporting of operational data to a development team to facilitate process improvements


    • Previous biology lab experience strongly preferred
    • Previous experience with hardware or software hacking is a plus
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
Ginkgo Bioworks secures $275 million in Series D, valuing the company at over $1 billion (TechCrunch)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Pour Into Hacking Microbes (Forbes)

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.