Software Solution Engineer

Boston, MA /
Software /
Full-time
Do you want to develop software that helps program biology? Join the Software Team at Ginkgo Bioworks and become a part of the next great technological revolution - constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. This is your chance to not only develop algorithms and frameworks at the cutting edge of software technologies, but also work side-by-side with the brightest scientists, organism engineers, and more. You'll have the opportunity to contribute to the exciting frontiers of synthetic biology, including DNA design, genome sequencing, and automating experiments at scales previously unheard of.
 
At Ginkgo, our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. 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 looking for a Software Solution Engineer who will work closely with Ginkgo scientists to understand their processes and quickly prototype and build the tools they need to create these new organisms, conduct experiments, control lab robots, and analyze massive amounts of data. You'll collaborate with a team of talented and diverse engineers, product managers, experts in data analysis and bioinformatics, and, of course, your customers – the dozens of biologists and chemists at Ginkgo. To be successful at this role, you should have a strong background in biology and bioinformatics, combined with excellent software development skills.
 
Our tech stack includes AWS, Docker, Django, REST, GraphQL, React, MySQL, Postgres, Elastic Search, Airflow, and other modern tools and frameworks. Our languages of choice are Python and Javascript. We don't expect you to be an expert in every platform, but we do expect that you have a solid foundation in computer science and have no problem mastering the technologies that we use today (and will adopt tomorrow). 

Responsibilities

    • Design and implement software solutions that address the current needs of Ginkgo bioengineers. These solutions could be a microservice, standalone tool, user-facing web application, data pipeline, etc.
    • Collaborate with your product manager to define milestones and deliverables.
    • Work as a member of an agile team, attend scrum meetings, and review code produced by your peers.
    • Write automated tests for your solution and oversee its deployment.
    • Monitor the production environment to detect and address customers' issues.
    • Prototype new ideas, algorithms, and frameworks. 

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • Degree in computer science, biology, bioinformatics, or relevant field
    • Relevant internship or work experience
    • Working knowledge of next-generation sequencing and omics technologies
    • Practical understanding of scalable bioinformatics pipelines
    • Knowledge of distributed systems architecture
    • Eagerness to work hand-in-hand with Ginkgo's foundry team to architect the next generation of foundry for engineering organisms
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)

To learn about the software engineers at Ginkgo, browse through these “Day in the Life” blog posts:

Day in the Life: Chris
Day in the Life: Dan

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.