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.
Although we’re immersed in this incredible technology, we also recognize that synthetic biology is not always an easy thing to communicate — or understand. The Ginkgo Sociotechnical Studio is a multidisciplinary team designing and communicating the future of synthetic biology. We’re passionate about finding new ways to tell the story of synthetic biology, through creative marketing, PR, social media, and our magazine, Grow by Ginkgo. We’re not only vision-setters who spend our time dreaming of possibilities, but also go-getters who make those ideas a reality.
As a Communication Specialist, you’ll work with team members spanning our creative, marketing, and communications functions as well as team members focused on impact and initiatives. Your role will be to write copy and help refine Ginkgo’s brand and messaging. With your creative expertise and enthusiasm about all things science and technology, you’ll have a critical role in our small team of multidisciplinary individuals who thrive at the intersection of the creative and the technical.
Please submit a small sample of your work, 2-4 pieces, which demonstrate your range as a writer.
Support the team by producing press releases, blogs, newsletters, and social media content
Support the team by writing the creative copy for case studies, websites, and pitch decks as well as other materials for digital and in-person events, engagements, and experiences
Support internal communications projects, including our internal blog
Spearhead the development of and refining existing templates and processes for our core production engines
Preferred Capabilities and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in software, engineering or a science related field or the equivalent of 5+ years of industry experience
You have a passion for storytelling, science, and technology
You love breaking down complex topics and, critically, translating scientific concepts across disciplines and audiences
You avoid jargon.
You are succinct when necessary. And you are deliciously descriptive when the moment is right and emphasis is needed.
You know how to express the same idea in several ways, all while using approachable language.
You know your audience.
You’re a strong communicator who is able to quickly craft stories, create content, and iterate on texts
You think about and seek to uncover the human side of science.
You have coursework in or basic experience with biology
You have experience writing outside an academic setting
You have experience writing creative copy
You have experience with science journalism and/or media relations
You have design and production skills beyond text, including video, photo, or audio skills
You are as passionate about process as much as you are about producing individual pieces of content
Please note: This position is a remote role, however travel to our Boston office or other designated locations for offsite meetings or workshops will be required at least once per quarter.
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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.