Chemical Engineer

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.

In particular, we're looking for chemical engineers who are as excited as we are about the potential for merging biological design with the design of scents and flavors. Chemical engineers with experience in product recovery and purification are particularly relevant.


  • Developing methods for extraction and purification of gram-scale quantities of a wide variety of cultured ingredients
  • Providing cultured ingredients samples for sensory testing by customers
  • Interacting with manufacturing partners to support translation of recovery and purification processes at scale
  • Analytical characterization of extraction, recovery, and purification processes


  • PhD in chemical engineering or similar, OR BS/MS with equivalent industry experience
  • Experience with different scale of distillation and solvent handling a plus
  • Experience in preparative chromatography approaches a plus
  • Experience in natural products isolation and purification a plus
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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.  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.

Want to learn more about Ginkgo Bioworks? Visit Ginkgo Bioworks's website.