Downstream Process Engineering 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 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 Process Engineering Padawan to help tackle this ambitious challenge. With your passion for process development, and a particular interest in downstream product recovery and purification, you’ll help to design, develop, and deploy product recovery and purification processes for a variety of products across several scales and sites.  

Ginkgo’s Padawan program is a 1-year paid internship program, designed to give recent graduates an opportunity to experience Ginkgo for a longer period of time than a traditional internship.  Upon the program’s completion, Padawans are reevaluated for potential full-time opportunities at Ginkgo. 


    • Assist with the design and execution of 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
    • Help with designing and building lab-scale chemical unit operations (distillation, filtration, extraction) equipment
    • Assist with building computational models for new processes
    • Perform literature reviews and summarize relevant topics for active work streams
    • Assist with equipment procurement

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • BS in chemical engineering, biotechnology, or related field
    • Enthusiasm for both computational and hands-on experimentation
    • Willingness and enthusiasm to work in a laboratory setting
    • Strong attention to detail and level of efficiency with laboratory work
    • 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 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 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.