Research Associate Contractor

Boston MA /
Microbial Engineering /
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology to engineer beneficial microbes.


    • The Contractor Research Associate will be working with the Microbial Engineering team and will leverage synthetic biology and biological engineering approaches to engineer microbes for sustainable agricultural products.


    • Purify, characterize and screen protein payloads expressed by various microbes.
    • Work collaboratively across Joyn Bio departments and the Ginkgo Foundry to deliver upon microbial engineering objectives. 
    • The position requires at least 85% of the time spent at the laboratory bench, and 15% of the time documenting experiments and participating in project and team meetings.


    • Bachelor’s or Master’s (or equivalent experience) in biochemistry, synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or a related field is necessary
    • At least 1 year of industry experience is recommended
    • Experience with molecular biology, particularly protein purification, is necessary
    • Prior experience running protein assays is recommended
    • Excitement to learn new techniques and own routine assay execution is essential
    • Strong communication and collaborative skills are required


    • This is a 6 months contract position through a partner agency
    • This position will report to the Payload team lead
    • This individual will work with the Boston-based Microbial Engineering team
    • This individual will collaborate with Joyn Bio Departments across sites, as well as potential CROs


    • This position will be based out of our Boston, Massachusetts site.