Microbiology Scientist II

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 Microbiologist 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 and screen various Gram positive organisms. 
    • Work closely with the Lead of Strain Engineering Development Platform 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. 
    • May manage and mentor junior personnel.  


    • PhD with 3+ years with experience in microbiology, microbial physiology, molecular biology and/or related fields is required for consideration. Industry experience is a plus.
    • Extensive experience with culturing and domesticating bacteria. Experience with Gram positive bacteria with an emphasis Bacillus species and sporulation is a plus.
    • Proven track record and passion for developing and building HTP strain engineering tools and screening platforms.
    • Must be a detail oriented, highly organized, and collaborative self-starter with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.


    • Will report into the Lead of Strain Engineering Development Platform.
    • 75% of the time dedicated to working at the bench is necessary.


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