Bioinformatics Analyst

Boston, MA
Foundry: Build

Ginkgo Bioworks is YCombinator's first biotech company ... we were personally recruited by Sam Altman to join YC:

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. We engineer organisms to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. Ginkgo bioengineers make use of an in-house organism foundry to engineer new organisms for making natural products, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and more. We're making the code base, compiler and debugger for life. We're looking for programmers interested in developing the organism design toolchain - the CAD, CAM and CAT tools that will define how bioengineers design organisms at scale.

Ginkgo's programming languages of choice are Ruby, Python, Javascript/HTML and DNA, but you must be someone who loves writing elegant code period. Most importantly, you should be passionate about making biology the next engineering discipline. The 20th century was all about bits and the awesome technology of computers. The 21st century is all about atoms and the awesome technology of biology. Ginkgo is at the forefront of this revolution.   


    • Developing genetic design tools for forward design of enzymes, metabolic pathways and genomes
    • Developing tools for comparative and phylogenetic analysis of genome and metagenome sequence data
    • Developing sequence analysis tools for verification, analysis and comparison of engineered strains
    • Developing tools for manipulation and analysis of NGS datasets
    • Writing custom scripts for any of the above as needed
    • Integration of tools into Ginkgo's software infrastructure
    • Run existing analysis software and scripts as needed, while keeping excellent records


    • BS/MS in life sciences, bioinformatics, computational biology, physical sciences or equivalent experience
    • Loves to write elegant code (please provide a link to any publically available code when applying)
    • Experience with the data analysis stack of python (scipy, numpy, pandas, cobrapy) 
    • Experience with manipulation and visualization of genome, metagenome and/or NGS datasets
    • Ability to clearly communicate with multidisciplinary scientific staff in a fast-paced environment

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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.