Senior System Administrator

Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, MA


Ginkgo is  looking for world class system administrators to help us build and scale. Here is your chance to work hand in hand with amazing scientists, engineers and software developers as we build tools that enable access to the power of biology - the most advanced manufacturing technology on the planet. Ginkgo’s IT team is tasked with delivering best of class IT infrastructure to keep our operations running smoothly - are you up for the challenge?


  • Build and scale our development, staging, and production environments, both in-house and cloud based
  • Build and manage production server hardware and software
  • Support scientists, engineers and developers IT needs
  • Provide best practices for utilization of hardware, storage, and cloud resources
  • Repair and upgrade hardware and software as necessary
  • Help optimize software development and deployment
  • Prepare and implement backup and disaster recovery plans


  • 5+ years of IT experience with sysadmin, devops, and network management in a highly scalable production environment
  • Expert level knowledge of Linux, Docker, and MySQL or Postgres
  • Strong familiarity with Rancher, Kubernetes or similar container management and deployment technologies
  • Experienced with Ansible, Chef or similar IT Automation technologies
  • Familiar with Django, PIP, Jupyter, and the Python ecosystem
  • Able to write scripts in your sleep, especially Python and Bash
  • Can move fluidly between Linux, Mac and Windows environments, or at least function
  • Big Data and storage experience a plus
  • Experience with platform virtualization (VMWare, Proxmox) and AWS a plus


  • Amazing troubleshooting and debugging skills
  • Can solve all known and unknown challenges of fast growing IT environments
  • Keep IT systems purring by proactively finding and resolving issues while ensuring problems do not arise again
  • Driven self-starter who sees uptime as its own reward
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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.