Systems Bioengineer

Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, MA


Duration: Full-Time

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.
We are looking for a motivated computational Systems Biologist who believes that despite the incredible complexity of cells, we can generate useful models for rational design and improve our ability to predict phenotype from genotype. In undertaking this mission, your superpowers will be the Ginkgo Foundry, the largest experimental biology platform in the world, and the accumulating output data resources, our so-called Codebase. In your day-to-day, you will apply your modeling expertise across Ginkgo’s project and organism portfolios, collaborating with a highly diverse group of scientists. You will reconstruct and apply genome scale metabolic models to guide strain and experimental design, and analyze multi-omics phenotypic data for learning and redesign. Working with experimental and computational partners, you will build analysis pipelines to improve and accelerate the “Learn” step of the synthetic biology Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle. In this role you will have an opportunity to both work on the cutting edge of systems biology and tangibly contribute to projects with significant positive social and commercial impacts.
Please note: we recognize that not all candidates may meet the entire list of Desired Experience and Capabilities below. We’re eager to train the right candidates for this role, and encourage those who meet at least two thirds of the criteria to apply.


  • Perform modeling and omics data-driven analysis in support of multiple projects
  • Design biosystems diagnostics experiments to answer key scientific questions
  • Make technical reports and recommendations to project stakeholders
  • Develop computational pipelines to make systems biology analyses efficient and reproducible
  • Extend modeling capabilities via omics data integration and implementation of next-generation approaches
  • Integrate metabolic models with strain and project-level data to enable cross-platform analytics

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD in Chemical or Biological Engineering, Biology, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, or related fields, or equivalent industry experience
  • Deep understanding of metabolism and metabolic engineering
  • First-hand technical expertise with metabolic modeling tools and their implementation toward biological design and/or analysis
  • Experience integrating phenotypic data into systems level analysis
  • Ability to apply data science and machine learning to large datasets for  metabolic engineering
  • Proficiency with at least one software programming language (Python preferred); knowledge of best practices for collaborative software development (version control systems, test-driven development, and good documentation habits) 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the demands of multiple concurrent projects, and work efficiently in a fast-paced, high-growth environment
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We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

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.

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