Head of NGS

Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, MA


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.

Ginkgo’s NGS Team plays a key role in our foundry’s success, offering a diverse portfolio of sequencing applications including highly automated DNA sequencing, RNA and microRNA sequencing, and de novo genome assembly.  We utilize state-of-the-art NGS platforms with Illumina, Oxford Nanopore, and 10X Genomics instruments to support Ginkgo’s systems-level comparative and functional genomics approaches to organism engineering.

As the Head of NGS, you’ll be leading a team of highly skilled computational biologists, bioinformaticians, R&D engineers, and operations engineers.  With your depth of expertise in people, program, and project management, you’re adept at mentoring and empowering technical teams, while also overseeing critical project specifications and deadlines.  Plus, your extensive genomics experience makes you eager for this opportunity to scale Ginkgo’s NGS services, collaborate with innovative cross-functional teams, and help drive the overall strategic vision of our foundry.


  • Architect the strategic vision and road map of research and development internal to the NGS Team and across team interfaces
  • Manage a diverse team comprised of computational biologists, bioinformaticians, R&D engineers, and operations engineers
  • Oversee the development, scale-up, and refinement of high-throughput, automated sequencing workflows and services
  • Grow, maintain, and manage NGS services and coordinate special projects for internal collaborators
  • Coordinate multidisciplinary work across Foundry and Program teams, as well as Software and Automation
  • Provide technical expertise toward the design and execution of experiments to support program team objectives
  • Collaborate with external vendors to develop and onboard new genomics technologies and workflows to expand platform capabilities
  • Oversee growth of existing team to maximize efficiency and meet foundry needs
  • Contribute more broadly to the overall strategic vision of Ginkgo and the foundry
  • Execute on special projects, as needed

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD in biology, molecular biology, genetics, or related field
  • 5-10 years of experience in managing NGS teams
  • High-level experience with DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing, and de novo genome assembly
  • Track record of introducing new approaches and refining existing ones to NGS sequencing services
  • Excellent people and product management skills
  • Prominent expertise in project management 
  • Ability to mentor technical team members and empower them to excel
  • Exposure to (and appreciation of) laboratory automation processes
  • Ability to remain poised and flexible while engaging in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong capability of addressing emergent needs, while maintaining a focus on long-term strategic goals
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High-level ability to adapt to change and prioritize multiple responsibilities 
  • Experience with working in a startup environment a plus
  • Enthusiasm about being a part of Ginkgo’s mission
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We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it 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. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life. Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack – we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

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

About Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. We design custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

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