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Automation Laboratory Technician 22 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 seeking Automation Laboratory Technicians to perform preventative maintenance on the automated systems within our high-complexity laboratories.  The execution of these maintenance tasks, along with the preservation of organized and accurate records on all the work you’ve performed, will help our team to ensure both the reliability and regulatory compliance of our equipment.  With your process-oriented mindset and acute attention to detail, you’ll be a key contributor in keeping our operations running smoothly.


  • Perform preventative maintenance on Ginkgo’s high-complexity laboratory equipment to ensure peak functioning
  • Oversee scheduling and execution of onsite factory service requests, including ongoing communication with vendor representatives
  • Aid with new laboratory equipment onboarding including experimental design, data collection, and trade studies
  • Maintain general lab state / condition and suitability for high throughput operations through 5S/Lean initiatives
  • Contribute to team operation and continuous improvement through team meetings and discussions
  • Troubleshoot and repair Instruments with support from vendors
  • Communicate and coordinate with Foundry / internal customers on instrument status
  • Generate documentation on findings, work performed, policies, and SOPs
  • Maintain spare parts and consumables inventory
  • Improve user experience through signage, maintenance of instrument accessories/peripherals, cable management, tool shadow boards, and building of safety culture
  • Continuously improve how we work as a team
  • Desired experience and capabilities

  • Associate’s degree in engineering or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • At least 2 years of experience working with complex electro-mechanical assemblies or similarly complex equipment, preferably in a life sciences laboratory setting
  • Familiarity with laboratory automation equipment, such as liquid handlers, plate sealers, plate peelers, barcode labelers, and tube scanners, highly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • High level of comfort in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • Strong level of efficiency and self-motivation to complete tasks accurately and on time
  • Extremely process-oriented mindset, with acute attention to detail
  • Strong drive to help our project succeed, keeping in mind Ginkgo’s mission and the customers we’re supporting
  • Prior experience in CLIA-certified and/or BSL2 laboratory environments a plus
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills and processes
  • 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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