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Cell Culture Associate (Seaport Location) 44 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.
Ginkgo is continuously crossing new frontiers of biological engineering and we have a record of delivering what was, until recently, thought impossible. Now, our expansion into mammalian cell engineering promises to push our boundaries even further, and so we’re looking for pioneering engineers to make Ginkgo’s new mammalian cell foundry a success.
Please note that this position is for our Seaport location and will be on a shifted schedule, e.g. Tuesday-Saturday, or Sunday-Thursday.


  • Coordinate with program teams to fulfill cell requests with a dedication to delivering quality work.
  • Execute all aspects of mammalian cell culture for both suspension and adherent cells, including media preparation, culture initiation, propagation, and cryopreservation.
  • Perform assays such as cell count, viability, doubling time, light microscopy, and expression of cell lineage markers by flow cytometry.
  • Independently troubleshoot problems and propose solutions related to cell culture, diagnostic/QC assay design, and execution.
  • Coordinate with teammates for material and task handoffs in order to deliver high-quality, trusted work.
  • Maintain accurate experiment and inventory records in various internal databases.
  • Establish and maintain a clean cell culture laboratory by practicing aseptic technique, adhering to equipment cleaning guidelines, and routinely testing and monitoring equipment and culture sterility.
  • Execute internal development projects to increase capacity and onboard new capabilities for the Mammalian Operations team
  • Requirements:

  • Experience with adherent and suspension mammalian cell cultures.
  • Ability to multitask and think critically and creatively about multiple responsibilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in a dynamic and highly collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work one weekend day per week.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 1+ year of independent cell culture experience, or Associate’s degree with 3+ years of independent cell culture experience, including time spent executing cell culture in an academic setting. Compensation and title will be commensurate with experience level.
  • Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience handling cell culture in a support role for multiple projects or scientists.
  • Experience with primary cell processing and isolation.
  • Experience with cell sorting and/or flow cytometry
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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.

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