Foundry Operations Paid Co-op

Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, MA


Ginkgo Bioworks is the first YCombinator biotech company and a spin out of MIT. Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. We engineer organisms to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. We aren't trying to study biology, we are trying to build it - constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world. To this end, Ginkgo is building an industrialized foundry for organism engineering. Our first foundry, Bioworks1, launched in Spring 2015. We designed Bioworks1 to be a single foundry capable of delivering many organisms to customers in many markets.

Co-op students at Ginkgo will be responsible for learning and performing a particular set of operations within Bioworks1. Foundry operations include genetic engineering and molecular biology, enzyme screening, metabolomics, proteomics, fermentation, and purification. Our approaches are designed to scale 100-1000X via software and automation. You’ll be exposed to the cutting edge and be expected to not only perform operations but report on daily activities to a mixed team of software developers, biological and chemical engineers, and biologists. The ability to adapt in a rapidly changing technological environment will be required.

This full-time co-op is paid and duration is 6 - 9 months.


  • Daily execution of a set of operations in the foundry associated with strain construction or strain testing across multiple hosts and products, including genetic engineering, cultivation, sample extraction, assays and analytics.
  • Collection, analysis, and reporting of operational data to a development team to facilitate process improvements


  • Previous biology lab experience strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience with hardware or software hacking is a plus.
To learn more about Ginkgo, check us out on Medium and BuzzFeed

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.