Strain Engineer - Microbial Engineering

Boston MA
Microbial Engineering
Full-time
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks that applies synthetic biology tools to engineer better microbes for Agriculture.

Objective

    • The Strain Engineer - Microbial Engineering will leverage microbiology and molecular biology to grow, maintain, and engineer microbes for agricultural applications that provide season-long benefits to crops.

Responsibilities

    • Drive progress of the project through hands-on lab work leveraging microbiology and molecular biology tools
    • Grow and maintain bacterial and fungal cultures
    • Design and execute small to medium-scale experiments to improve existing and develop new methods
    • Execute experiments to test fungal and bacterial microbes in high throughput 
    • Critically analyze data and collaborate with data scientists to ensure statistical rigor
    • Leverage Ginkgo Bioworks’ high-throughput platform to conduct screenings and test engineered microbes
    • Actively participate in the project team to ensure that key stakeholders are aligned across the project
    • The Strain Engineer - Microbial Engineering is expected to spend 80-85% of their time in the wet lab and 15-20% of their time managing projects and ideating new methods / tools.

Training/Experience

    • B.S. with 2+ years of industry experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and a high degree of diligence; willingness to tackle a steep learning curve and issues as they arise
    • Extensive experience handling and maintaining microbial cell cultures in flasks, on plates, and in 96-well format
    • Familiarity working with filamentous fungi
    • Proficiency in high-throughput lab work 
    • Ability and willingness to become an expert user of custom software
    • Strong communication and collaborative skills
    • Familiarity with LIMSs is a plus
    • Experience using liquid handling robots, microscopes, or flow cytometers is a plus
    • Proficiency in engineering bacteria or filamentous fungi is a plus

Organizational

    • This position will report to the Senior/Project Scientist
    • This individual will be part of the Boston-based Microbial Engineering team
    • This individual will collaborate with Joyn Bio departments across sites, as well as Ginkgo Bioworks teams
Location
This position will be based at our Boston, MA site and require ~5% travel.