Research Associate / Strain Engineer

Boston, MA
Organism engineering
We are passionate about engineering organisms at Ginkgo Bioworks. We're guessing you are too.

We believe that engineering organisms requires an integrated, industrialized technology pipeline. To address this need, we recently launched Bioworks1: our foundry for engineering organisms. Bioworks1 includes custom CAD/CAM software, robotic automation, latest genetic tools, high resolution LC-MS, automated fermentation and much more. We built it for people like you.

We want to hire you because you believe that even though biology remains frustratingly unpredictable and Bioworks1 only scratches the surface of what we need to engineer biology, you can deliver an engineered organism to spec on time - no excuses. You believe this because you have successfully engineered an organism start to finish and it *worked*. This was a herculean task that took a team of highly trained PhDs years to complete. Using Bioworks1, we want you to do that every 6 months.

If you want to execute on the design, construction, testing and analysis of microbes for the production of 2-5 related cultured ingredients with a small team & Bioworks1, please apply. You can learn more about cultured ingredients at


    • Genetic design of strains to optimize production of cultured ingredients of interest
    • Strain engineering to optimize production of cultured ingredients of interest
    • Developing suitable cultivation conditions and assays for screening the performance of your microbes
    • Testing the metabolic and physiological performance of your microbes


    • B.A. or equivalent
    • 2-5 years industry experience in strain or metabolic engineering
    • Mad lab skills when it comes to molecular biology and microbiology
    • Prior experience with metabolic engineering of industrial yeasts or prokaryotes a plus
    • Prior experience in engineering secondary metabolism or natural products biosynthesis a plus
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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.