Boston MA
Science Team
Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks are joining forces, forming a new company that will build technology to enable microbes to improve key properties of agricultural crops. The company will have laboratories in both Boston, MA, and West Sacramento, CA, where we will leverage the existing organism engineering and plant biologics capabilities of the parent companies. Primary corporate operations will be carried out at Ginkgo Bioworks' headquarters in the Boston Seaport.

We are looking for experienced biological and metabolic engineers to serve as key contributors to organism development projects. Key areas of expertise include microbial strain engineering, advanced molecular biology and DNA cloning, genome engineering, plant microbe-interactions, protein engineering, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics, and microbial physiology.

We want to hire you because you care about developing new biological products for agriculture that are sustainable and deliver meaningful value to growers and consumers. You love to work in an interdisciplinary environment where it takes a team of talented and driven scientists with very different skill sets to build microbes that lead to dramatic improvements in plant performance and environmental health. You have experienced more failure than you care to admit in your scientific career; you are resolved to leverage access to Ginkgo’s foundries to make engineering biology more predictable and fail less often, while also taking steps to ensure that our microbes succeed outside of a controlled laboratory environment

Execute milestone-driven research to meet Scientific Triggers in a timely fashionMaster custom software to become a superuser of the Ginkgo foundriesWork collaboratively with the foundry and other Scientists to deliver engineered microbesDevelop new tools to identify the genetic potential of microbes and their interaction with plant hosts
Ph.D. or equivalentPrevious success engineering microbesA working knowledge of plant-microbe interactions is preferredA few years post-graduate experience is a plus 
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