Ginkgo Bioworks is hiring a

Protein Biochemist / Enzymologist

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.

Key to the design of organisms for the production of cultured ingredients are the biosynthetic enzymes that make these natural products. We are seeking protein biochemists interested in tackling the formidable challenge of developing our parts set for biosynthesis across microbial metabolism. As you develop this enzyme toolkit, you'll be tackling the full gamut of technical challenges: expression, solubility, localization, activity, substrate specificity, product profile, and more. As such, you'll need to bring the complete repertoire of solutions to bear on these problems, from synthetic metagenomics to directed evolution to rational protein engineering and more.


  • Functional expression of enzyme families and classes
  • Debug and troubleshoot issues in functional expression, including (but not limited to) expression, solubility localization, and enzyme activity
  • Apply DOE approaches to optimize enzyme expression and function
  • Apply rational protein engineering, directed evolution, synthetic metagenomics, and other approaches for enzyme redesign

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD or equivalent
  • Deep experience in enzyme catalysis
  • Deep experience in functional enzyme expression in microbial hosts
  • Experience in protein engineering or directed evolution
  • Experience in natural products chemistry and/or secondary metabolism a plus
  • Experience with HTP assays 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, 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.