Fermentation Engineer

Boston, MA /
Foundry – Fermentation /
Full-time
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.

To realize our dream of building a next-generation organism company, each of these organisms needs to be deployed to customers. We are seeking a fermentation engineer who is excited to tackle the ambitious challenge of transitioning multiple organisms from microtiter plates to bench-scale fermentation through scale up and commercial scale manufacturing of ingredients with our customers.

The ideal candidate is passionate about microbial fermentation and process development. You'll work hand-in-hand with Ginkgo organism engineers to develop bioprocesses using Ginkgo organisms and help transition those bioprocesses to customers and/or contract manufacturers.

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Responsibilities

    • Setup and operation of fully automated bioreactor system for fermentation
    • Analysis and communication of experimental results to the different stake holders
    • Application of DOE methods for strain and process optimization
    • Preparation of SOPs for fermentation

Desired Experience and Capabilities

    • BS or MS in chemical engineering, biotechnology, or microbiology with 0-4 years of relevant industry or undergraduate research experience
    • Experience working with aseptic technique and benchtop fermentation systems
    • Previous success in process development and troubleshooting equipment
    • Experience working in the lab with different organisms, preferably filamentous fungi
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
What is it really like to take your company public via a SPAC? One Boston biotech shares its journey (Fortune)
Ginkgo Bioworks resizes the definition of going big in biotech, raising $2.5B in a record SPAC deal that weighs in with a whopping $15B-plus valuation (Endpoints News)
Ginkgo Bioworks CEO on scaling up Covid-19 testing: ‘If we try, we can win’ (CNBC)
Ginkgo raises $70 million to ramp up COVID-19 testing for employers, universities (Boston Globe)
Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)
Ginkgo Bioworks Provides Support on Process Optimization to Moderna for COVID-19 Response (PRNewswire)
The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)
Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)
Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.