Senior Software 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're making the code base, compiler, and debugger for life. We're looking for an experienced Senior Software Engineer who is interested in architecting the organism design toolchain - the CAD, CAM, and CAT tools that will define how bioengineers design organisms at scale.

Ginkgo's programming languages of choice are Ruby, Python, Javascript/HTML, and DNA, but you must be someone who loves writing elegant code in any language. Most importantly, you should be passionate about making biology the next engineering discipline. The 20th century was all about bits and the awesome technology of computers. The 21st century is all about atoms and the awesome technology of biology. Ginkgo is at the forefront of this revolution.


  • Design tools and workflows for designing genes, metabolic pathways, and genome modifications
  • Architect software layers to translate design and experiment requests by bioengineers to instrument instructions to assemble DNA, modify genomes, culture cells, and prepare assay samples
  • Develop algorithms for data analysis of NGS and mass spec data
  • Develop machine learning approaches to correlate experimental data with genetic designs of strains 
  • Develop data repositories that correlate genetic and phenotypic information for Ginkgo's growing collection of genetic parts and strains


  • BS, MS or PhD in computer science with 5+ years of industry experience
  • Proven track record in full stack development
  • Familiarity with biology a plus
  • Previous startup experience a plus
  • Excited to work hand-in-hand with the foundry team to architect the next generation of foundry for engineering organisms
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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.