Ginkgo Bioworks is a publicly traded (NYSE: $DNA), high-growth biotechnology company based in Boston’s Seaport District, that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, material, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have launched a new division: Concentric by Ginkgo. We firmly believe that testing is an essential requirement to re-open the economy as quickly and safely as possible. Concentric is the largest provider of K-12 COVID-19 testing. We currently run state-level K-12 testing programs in more than 10 states and some of the nation’s largest school districts. To date, Concentric has sequenced more than 10,000 samples from a variety of sample types, in support of public health. As we continue to scale Concentric by Ginkgo, our work is also evolving and expanding into new and exciting directions.
You will join a vibrant cross-functional team composed of product managers, engineers, service and physical product designers, and researchers all working to make biosecurity accessible to as many people and communities as possible.
As a digital Product Designer for Concentric by Ginkgo, you will be critical in achieving that objective through great digital experiences. Your expertise in interface design, interaction design, and information architecture will be crucial in providing our different users the information they need, when they need it. You will help design seamless experiences that give users confidence when completing important, detailed, and regulated tasks.
You will help enhance the digital tools that currently power our COVID-19 testing and broader pathogen monitoring offerings. Our digital solutions include Test Center, a custom built platform that has allowed thousands of people to register and report millions of COVID-19 test results for their communities around the country. We’ve also worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build reporting platforms and dashboards that keep our government aware of emerging trends.
Concentric is now exploring possibilities that can scale biosecurity even further, including passive and environmental monitoring, animal population monitoring, and consumer facing experiences that make pathogen monitoring as intuitive as checking the weather. Our goal across all of these interfaces and users is to make biosecurity accessible and understandable, so that we can support communities in being bio-resilient.
Please include a link to your portfolio in your application.
Collaborate with service/physical/digital designers, researchers, engineers and product managers to ensure that we’re solving the right problem, the right way
Design and test intuitive experiences for responsive web and mobile platforms
Develop and test information architecture changes to match product changes
Create elegant interfaces that build on existing components and patterns, and design new UI patterns when relevant
Iterate on UX and UI designs, from concept, to user testing, to final design and specifications
Create prototypes, test with users, and collect feedback to identify usability improvements and design challenges
Work with Product and Engineering partners to continuously ensure shared understanding of goals and outcomes, demo work, and include feedback where relevant
Maintain strong partnerships with stakeholders and developers throughout the entire design process
Bachelor’s degree in UX Design, Visual Design, Interaction Design, Human Factors, or a related field or equivalent experience
5+ years of experience in a related field
Prior experience in ensuring efficiency and clarity in the front end development handoff process
Demonstrated understanding and ability to translate content into user scenarios, flows and diagrams
Experience using methodologies such as Lean UX and Design Thinking
Ability to work work independently as well as collaboratively
Ability to share an online portfolio or samples of work demonstrating creative design solutions, interaction design, and prototypes
Preferred Capabilities and Experience
Master’s degree or higher in UX design or a related field
Advanced understanding of interface design principles and best practices, including experience working with design systems
Experience working in visual design, with expertise in data visualization welcome
Experience implementing or working within UX-centered frameworks, such as “Jobs to be done”, Object Oriented UX, or similar
Expert knowledge in Figma and practical experience in other design tools
Ability to work within a fast-paced and collaborative environment and handle multiple projects with tight deadlines
Enthusiasm for contributing to Product and Design team processes and best practices, including working processes, documentation, and storytelling
Prototyping skills for lo-fidelity, hi-fidelity and everything in between
Previous work with software development teams and Agile frameworks
Understanding of front end engineering concepts and basic coding considerations
Advocate for and practitioner of Human Centered Design, Design Thinking methodologies and Universal Design principles
Note on culture:
Concentric by Ginkgo is a high energy, positive and fast paced environment where new challenges and opportunities arise every day, so this opportunity is ideal for people who thrive in those kinds of environments, and for people who like lots of variety in their day. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow. The team is motivated by doing high impact work in service to society. To get a sense of the culture at Ginkgo, read some articles in Grow by Ginkgo
, the company magazine we produce, which tells the story of synthetic biology in a Ginkgo-authentic way.
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.