Scientist II - Synthetic Biology

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 microbes.


    • Joyn Bio is looking for a Scientist who will contribute to the characterization, engineering and screening of R&D processes aimed at improving Gram-positive microorganisms for large scale commercial agriculture applications.


    • Ideate, design and execute experiments to characterize growth, domesticate, engineer and screen various Gram-positive organisms. 
    • Work closely with the Head of Microbial Engineering and Program Directors to develop a strain engineering strategy that is aligned with defined objectives and drive the technical strategy on a day-to-day basis.
    • Innovate and advance methods for increasing efficiency of Gram-positive bacteria engineering and screening through development and implementation of HTP technologies to enhance Joyn Bio platforms and capabilities.
    • Collaborate with the Microbial Engineering, Plant Microbe Interaction, Bioprocessing Formulation and Downstream Processing, Digital Sciences and Technology and Regulatory teams to develop commercially relevant processes. 
    • Draft and manage Technical Project Plans in collaboration with research partners and CROs. 
    • Support the Business Development and Alliance departments by identifying, evaluating and implementing new platform and technology strategies.


    • PhD with 2+ years (or MS with 8+ years) of industrial experience in microbiology, microbial physiology, molecular biology and/or related fields is required for consideration.
    • Proven track record for application of modern synthetic biology tools for development of industrially relevant microbial hosts. Non-model organism metabolic engineering is highly preferred.
    • Familiarity with bioinformatic analysis of NGS data, and complex libraries of in silico constructs and genomes using modern tools (e.g. Geneious)
    • Must be a detail oriented, highly organized, and collaborative self-starter with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
    • Project management and supervisory experience is highly preferred.
    • Experience with laboratory automation solutions is a plus.


    • Will report into the Chassis Innovation Pipeline Lead.
    • May manage projects and work packages.
    • May lead research associates.
    • Working at the bench is essential for success in this role.


    • This position will be based at our Boston, Massachusetts site, and will require minimal travel.