Head of Digital Science and Technology

Boston MA /
Digital Sciences & Technology /
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo BioWorks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology to engineer microbes.


    • This position is responsible for leading a department encompassing data science, scientific computing, and computational biology to enable discovery and  development of new microbial leads for agriculture.


    • Mentor and lead a cross-functional team in applying bioinformatics, data science, biostatistics, and software engineering to create the next generation of agricultural microbes.  This team works collaboratively with colleagues across a wide range of disciplines, including Microbial Engineering,  Plant Science, Fermentation/Formulation, and IT to  solve problems in data analysis and experimental design from lab to commercial scale. 
    • Accountable for effectively managing team resources and strengthening a collaborative, customer-oriented culture focused on advancement of Joyn’s R&D pipeline. Through your leadership the team will accomplish this by active participation in cross-functional projects,  training  and the development of self service tools for other colleagues. 
    • Articulate a long term technical strategy for digital sciences and associated data management driving the Joyn R&D pipeline.  This will include a  flexible, stable and efficient set of tools for effective collaboration with scientific collaborators and balancing internal work with outsourcing to service providers. 
    • As member of Joyn leadership team,  help to develop overall company scientific strategy and operationally steer budget and resources


    • 8+  years of life science R&D experience with direct experience  in computational biology, data science, or bioinformatics.  
    • Ph.D.  (or equivalent combination of degree and experience) in bioinformatics, genomics, biostatistics, genetics or related discipline.  Prior experience in microbiology/ microbiome studies, metabolic engineering, plant sciences or agriculture is highly desirable.
    • Demonstrated prior supervisory experience as a team leader with a proven track record of leading, mentoring and engaging experienced staff, ideally in a matrix environment.
    • Excellent communication skills and a proven track record of collaboration across disciplines. 
    • Agile/MVP mindset with a focus on delivering for incremental but potentially fluid needs.


    • This position reports to Chief Science Officer or CEO.
    • This position will supervise a team of 12 employees and contractors.


    • This position will be based at Joyn’s Boston site with 5-10% travel.