Ginkgo Bioworks is hiring an

Organism Engineer

Boston, United States
Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer.  Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more.  Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.  Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.

We want to hire you because you believe that even though biology remains frustratingly unpredictable and we're only scratching the surface of what is possible, you can deliver an engineered organism to spec on time, no excuses. You believe this because you have successfully engineered an organism start to finish and it *worked.* This was a herculean task that took a team of highly trained PhDs years to complete. Using our high-throughput automated foundry for biological engineering, we want you to do that every 6 months.


  • Designing strains to optimize production of cultured ingredients of interest
  • Developing suitable cultivation conditions and assays for screening the performance of your microbes
  • Testing the metabolic and physiological performance of your microbes
  • Analyzing data to identify limitations and bottlenecks in the production of cultured ingredients e-designing strains based on the above
  • Using complex software and leveraging high-throughput machinery to assist in strain construction
  • Rolling up your sleeves, getting in the lab, and debugging any of the above as needed

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD or equivalent industry experience
  • Previous success engineering at least one organism
  • Can comfortably use software and automated workflows
  • Deep understanding of microbial metabolism
  • Prior experience with metabolic engineering of industrial yeasts, prokaryotes, and/or filamentous fungi a plus
  • Prior experience in engineering secondary metabolism or natural products biosynthesis a plus

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We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.