Ginkgo Bioworks is hiring a

Protein 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.
Proteins are the primary “doers” in biological systems; essential to most all projects at Ginkgo are the enzymes, binding proteins, receptors, signal peptides, biosensors, antigens, antibodies, structural proteins (and more!) which carry out extraordinary functions at the molecular scale. The Ginkgo Protein Engineering team strives to optimize these proteins by developing and deploying state-of-the-art techniques in structure- and sequence-based protein design, as well as ultra-high-throughput experimental techniques to optimize function and stability. As a Protein Engineer, you will have the opportunity to apply your expertise to highly diverse applications and develop new platforms for tomorrow’s approaches. We are seeking someone who is excited about the promise of synthetic biology, and who is as enthusiastic about proteins as we are! 


  • Design protein engineering libraries by application of rational protein engineering, directed evolution, synthetic metagenomics, and other approaches with the goal of altering properties such as catalytic activity, binding affinities, expression, solubility, substrate specificity, product profile, etc.
  • Analyze datasets to discover structure/sequence-function-relationships and leverage learnings to design iterative protein engineering libraries
  • Collaborate with team members to develop and implement computational pipelines for protein engineering using structural and/or sequence-based approaches
  • Actively engage in interdisciplinary research and collaboration between scientists, who may speak somewhat different scientific languages, but all share a common passion for synthetic biology

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering, biophysics, physics, computer science, computational biology, quantitative biology, or related field
  • Hands on experience designing a mutational library and/or applying directed evolution or other experimental protein engineering pipelines
  • Demonstrated experience using PyMOL, Chimera, or comparable software to intuit protein structures and ability to design hypothesis driven point-mutations by eye
  • Familiarity with at least one programming language (Python is preferred); openness to learning basic Python if needed (support will be provided)
  • Exposure to at least one type of molecular modeling software such as Rosetta, Molecular Operating Environment (MOE), Schrodinger, a plus
  • Familiarity with applying machine learning to protein engineering, a plus 
  • Enthusiasm to learn new techniques and strong curiosity of areas of biology previously unknown to you

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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, equity, 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.