Research Associate, Protein Engineering

Boston, MA
Foundry: Design
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.

The protein engineering team works to address the complex challenges of enzyme discovery, characterization, and engineering. We utilize state-of-the-art computational software developed at Ginkgo to discover novel enzymes and employ cutting-edge software like Rosetta for rationally designing improvements.  We devise new methods for diversity generation and complementary screening procedures, which carefully match our customers' requirements.

We are looking for someone who is excited about the field of synthetic biology and loves a challenge.  We want a person who is eager to learn and has a desire to utilize automation to work more efficiently. Our ideal candidate will elevate our team through creative solutions while working closely with other foundry groups.


    • Enzyme purification and characterization
    • Data analysis
    • Automation of protocols

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • BS/MS in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, or related fields
    • >1 year experience in an industrial setting working with enzymes
    • FPLC experience - scripting or programming experience a plus
    • Prior experience with computational protein design/modelling a plus
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
Ginkgo, a Boston biotech venture, is a magnet for VC money (Boston Globe)
The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)
The engineering of living organisms could soon start changing everything (The Economist)
Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)
Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)
Ginkgo Bioworks Is Turning Human Cells into On-Demand Factories (WIRED)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
This food tech startup just raised $90 million to make it easier to invent new plant-based meats (Fast Company)

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.