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Automation Applications Engineer 67 views

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. 
We’re looking for talented engineers who are excited by the challenges of scaling and improving our foundry.  Because it touches nearly every part of the foundry, the Automation Team is integral to Ginkgo’s vision for the future.  The Automation Team is creating integrated robotic workcells, designing processes and building software platforms to operate walk-up robotic systems, improving how data is handled, working with scientists on scaling their processes, and much more.  
All the work we do is in service of increasing Ginkgo’s capacity in terms of the number of strains engineered and the diversity of species and products we can handle.  It’s an enormous challenge and we need people who are eager to get started. You’ll be working hand in hand with biologists, software developers, and other engineers to co-develop the wetware, hardware, and software infrastructure that underpin the foundry.
To learn more about automation engineering at Ginkgo, take a look at this blog post:  Day in the Life: Kristen.


  • Coordinate with Automation, software and scientific teams to design, deploy and validate new capabilities and lab automation solutions
  • Coordinate communications with Ginkgo Automation stakeholders, partners and vendors
  • Coordinate with stakeholder teams to perform design reviews and make decisions
  • Set and manage project milestones
  • Work with scientists to translate biological protocols into Ginkgo’s custom intent software languages 
  • Develop automated experimental workflows for genetic engineering processes, strain cultivation, sample preparation, and multi-omics analysis
  • Write software for custom Ginkgo Foundry operations portal services including protocol definition and data processing services
  • Work with software engineers to address user feature requests
  • Provide technical support to scientific teams
  • Perform technical assessments on new tools and technologies and present to engineering and scientific teams
  • Required Experience and Capabilities

  • BS, MS or PhD in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering or related fields
  • Practical experience with Biological laboratory operations and workflows
  • Strong communication skills and ability to cross collaborate with diverse scientific teams
  • Strong presentation, training and documentation skills
  • Made use of at least one major programming language, e.g. Python, C#, C/C++, or Java (including best practices for developing and maintaining the code base)
  • Preferred Experience and Capabilities

  • Experience working with scientists or relevant field customers and providing engineering solutions to solve Bioengineering challenges 
  • Experience with laboratory automation systems and automated workflow design
  • Practical experience with high-throughput biological processes 
  • Experience with workflow automation software and schedulers
  • Experience with performing technical assessment of state-of-the-art technologies
  • Experience working with coding standards, best software practices, version control and code review, unit testing
  • Professional project management experience 
  • Experience with “design of experiment” (DoE)
  • Ability to multitask and work on multiple projects at the same time
  • To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
    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.

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