Organism 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.

You have a strong opinion about the best way to reliably engineer organisms. You are excited to meet other organism engineers who have different approaches but are just as sharp as you. You will want to reshape Ginkgo's technology pipeline to fit your approach to organism engineering and are ready to engage in robust debate with our pipeline architects on what tools they should develop next.

We want to hire you because you believe that even though biology remains frustratingly unpredictable, you can deliver an engineered organism to spec on time. You believe this because you have successfully engineered an organism start to finish and it *worked*. This was a herculean task that took a team of highly trained PhDs years to complete. Using our foundry at Ginkgo, we want you to do that every 6 months.

Take a look at the following statements:
* You are a student of other engineering fields and look for lessons for engineering biology.
* You think that computers are a bad metaphor for a cell.
* You recognize that biology is a unique engineering substrate that comes pre-loaded with startlingly brilliant code we didn't write.
* You think most people engineering organisms are undisciplined in their approach.
* You recognize that we are at the beginning of engineering organisms and that there will never be another chance like this to define the field.

If these statements describe you and you're up for this challenging position, we look forward to hearing from you.


  • PhD or equivalent
  • Previous success engineering at least one organism (plants, fish, microbes, worms, fungi ... it doesn't matter, as long as it worked)
  • Several years of post-graduate experience with a second organism 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.