Research Associate / Strain Engineer

Boston, MA
Organism engineering
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 want to hire you because you believe that even though biology remains frustratingly unpredictable and we're only scratching 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 our foundry, 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, please apply.


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


    • BS 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
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.