DNA Synthesis Operations Engineer (Evening Shift)

Boston, MA /
Foundry: DNA Synthesis /
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.

At the heart of our foundry is high-throughput genetic engineering across multiple species. Our approaches are designed to scale 100-1000X via software and automation. We're seeking Operations Engineers to improve and scale our existing technologies, and define and develop the next set of synthesis technologies that will lie at the center of our foundry.

With your expertise in molecular biology protocols, you have a demonstrated ability to evolve a process in response to changing technology and demands. You've led the development of a high-throughput biological process (ideally for DNA synthesis or sequencing) from development and validation through to successful operation at scale, and can apply DOE approaches to refine and improve your methods. Plus, your excellent communication skills enable you to effectively work with an interdisciplinary team of software developers, process engineers, and biologists.

Please note that this position is for the 2nd shift in our rotation. Hours are 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday through Friday.


    • Operate and improve processes for DNA synthesis platforms
    • Apply DOE approaches to refine and improve methods
    • Translate methods and tools to be performed by our Software and Automation Teams
    • Work hand-in-hand with Software and Automation engineers to scale up methods and tools 100-1000X
    • Develop processes for verification and quality control of constructed genetic parts and strains

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • Ability to work 2nd shift (Monday through Friday, from 2:00pm to 10:00pm)
    • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry or biomedical engineering 
    • At least two years of relevant experience with molecular biology protocols (such as DNA amplification and modification, gene synthesis, next generation sequencing, bacteria culturing, and plasmid prep), as well as understanding of related reagents
    • Demonstrated expertise in manufacturing with automated fluid handling equipment
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to interact with customers, fellow team members, and senior management
    • Ability to work independently and as part of team in a fluid, fast-paced environment
    • Demonstrated use of SPC, DOE, and Failure Analysis techniques preferred
    • Exposure to Six-Sigma and Lean Manufacturing a plus
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (WSJ)
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)

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.