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.

We want to hire you because you believe that even though biology remains frustratingly unpredictable and we're only scratching the surface of what is possible, you can deliver an engineered organism to spec on time, no excuses. 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 high-throughput automated foundry for biological engineering, we want you to do that every 6 months.


  • Designing strains to optimize production of cultured ingredients of interest
  • Developing suitable cultivation conditions and assays for screening the performance of your microbes
  • Testing the metabolic and physiological performance of your microbes
  • Analyzing data to identify limitations and bottlenecks in the production of cultured ingredients e-designing strains based on the above
  • Using complex software and leveraging high-throughput machinery to assist in strain construction
  • Rolling up your sleeves, getting in the lab, and debugging any of the above as needed


  • PhD or equivalent industry experience
  • Previous success engineering at least one organism
  • Can comfortably use software and automated workflows
  • Deep understanding of microbial metabolism
  • Prior experience with metabolic engineering of industrial yeasts or prokaryotes a plus
  • Prior experience in engineering secondary metabolism or natural products biosynthesis 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.