Site Reliability Engineer

Boston, MA

Ginkgo Bioworks is YCombinator's first biotech company and has raised over $150M:

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 in any language. 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.


    • Scale our systems both locally and in the cloud
    • Maintain our staging environment and ensure the robustness of our infrastructure by testing key components in a staging environment
    • Design, build and maintain monitoring infrastructure for our systems
    • Work closely with Software Engineers and IT to deploy new software
    • Work closely with IT and Software Engineers to resolve outages and implement changes to avoid future issues
    • Evaluate new cloud and deployment technologies and evangelize best practices to the software team
    • Automate tasks to ensure repeatability


    • BS degree in software engineering or related field
    • Proven track record for developing and scaling platforms both locally and in the cloud such as AWS
    • Proven track record for troubleshooting and resolving difficult problems in a timely manner
    • Strong architectural level of understanding of software
    • Strong Linux, MySQL, Postgres and networking experience
    • Ability to proactively address problems before they trigger outages
    • Familiarity with scripting tools such as Ansible and Chef
    • Impeccable organizational and communication skills
    • Previous startup experience
    • Excited to work with the best scientists and engineers to develop the foundry - the code base, compiler and debugger for life

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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.