Site Reliability Engineer

Boston, MA
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.

We're making the code base, compiler, and debugger for life. We're looking for Site Reliability Engineers who are interested in developing the organism design toolchain - the CAD, CAM, and CAT tools that will define how bioengineers design organisms at scale. As a Site Reliability Engineer at Ginkgo, you will help us robustly scale our infrastructure.

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.


    • Assisting developers and IT in DevOps operations, helping to scale and deploy our systems both locally and in the cloud
    • Assisting developers apply best practices to ensure fully working test, training, and production environments using Gitlab-CI, Docker, and Ansible
    • Designing, building, and maintaining monitoring and testing infrastructure for our systems
    • Working closely with IT and Software Engineers to resolve outages and implement changes to avoid future issues
    • Evaluating and leveraging AWS, Azure, and Google cloud and deployment technologies
    • Automating tasks to ensure repeatability


    • BS degree in software engineering or related field
    • Proven DevOps track record
    • Consistent track record for troubleshooting and resolving challenging problems in a timely manner and proactively implementing strategies to avoid them
    • Strong architectural level of understanding of software
    • Strong Linux, Docker, MySQL, Postgres, and networking experience
    • Familiarity with infrastructure automation tools such as Ansible and Puppet
    • Impeccable organizational and communication skills
    • Experience with cloud technologies such as EC2 and S3 a plus
    • Excited to work with the best scientists and engineers to develop the foundry - the code base, compiler and debugger for life
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.