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Foundry Lead, Protein Characterization 25 views

Boston, MA

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world to answer global challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Ginkgo bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.
​​Whether they are the final product or the catalysts for an engineered process, proteins lie at the center of many strain engineering efforts. The Protein Characterization team operates at the intersection of Protein Engineering, High-throughput Screening, Fermentation, and Downstream Processing to help assess the proteins that are so central to the mission at Ginkgo. These proteins run the gamut, including biosynthetic enzymes, molecular biology reagents, food proteins, and more. We utilize the latest software and automation to develop methods for protein purification and kinetic/biophysical characterization, with an emphasis on throughput.
As a Foundry Lead for the Protein Characterization team you will have the opportunity to use your protein biochemistry and management expertise at a growing company in a state-of-the-art facility. You will interface with internal and external partners to plan projects, including forecasting the volume of demand and allocating the team’s resources towards multiple projects. As the team lead, you will lead the team towards increasing capacity to handle larger volumes of the protein services. You will also guide the career development of Protein Characterization team members and be responsible for hiring new talent.
We are looking for someone who is excited about the promise of synthetic biology and is willing to develop new tools to unlock the promise of making biology easier to engineer.


  • Provide leadership and career development for an interdisciplinary team of protein scientists
  • Define the scientific direction for the team and communicate the team’s capabilities to internal partners at Ginkgo
  • Through 1:1 meetings with team members, provide end-to-end mentorship from assay development and optimization to data delivery
  • Coordinate and communicate with other Ginkgo teams to ensure project success
  • Establish and execute team level objectives and key results
  • Establish platforms for high throughput purification of proteins
  • Establish platforms for high throughput kinetic characterization of enzymes
  • Establish platforms for high throughput biophysical characterization of proteins
  • In collaboration with the Ginkgo’s quality control team, lead quality control initiatives on new/existing platforms
  • Track demand and capacity of the team, budgeting
  • Provide expert opinion during early conversations with potential customers and the subsequent development of project proposals
  • Manage multiple projects utilizing project management software (JIRA, SmartSheets)
  • Bring online new technologies and capabilities (CD, IF, SPR, automation tools, etc.)
  • Work with the recruiting team to attract and hire new talent
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD in biochemistry or related field
  • At least 5 years of experience managing a team of researchers, preferably in industry
  • Experience in growing teams and technologies a plus
  • Extensive experience in project management
  • Background in protein purification  (Affinity, SEC, CEX, AEX, HIC, etc.)
  • Background and extensive knowledge of kinetic properties of enzymes (Michaelis-Menten kinetics, inhibition)
  • Background and extensive knowledge of biophysical properties of proteins and protein-protein interactions
  • Background and experimental experience in the development of high throughput assays involving automation
  • Understanding of protein engineering tools and how to apply them
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure collaborative successes with biochemists and non-biochemists
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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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