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Product Manager, Laboratory Automation 38 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 are looking for amazing Product Managers who are excited by the challenges of scaling and improving our Foundry. As the Product Manager, Laboratory Automation, you will collaborate closely with Ginkgo’s Automation team to design and build Ginkgo’s strong set of internal software and automation tools that enable high-throughput genetic engineering across multiple species. You will advance these tools by adding to their capabilities and scaling their performance, while making them easier and more efficient to use. The ideal Product Manager has a passion for synthetic biology, mechanical systems and scientific software, a strong understanding of their challenges, and a proven track record for delivering incredible software.
Please note:  This role requires the ability to be onsite at our Boston location as needed.


  • Oversee a functional area and act as the product owner for an automation scrum team
  • Develop the strategy for product planning, including short-term release plans and long-term roadmaps for your functional area
  • Stay current with new laboratory automation and software capabilities being developed in the industry, and understand how these new technologies may be applied to your functional area
  • Define and track key performance metrics and other measurable success criteria
  • Collect and synthesize user feedback to identify product gaps and define requirements to meet the gaps
  • Collaboratively develop the best solutions that can be delivered in a time and cost sensitive manner
  • Build, groom and prioritize the backlog for your functional area
  • Align development teams, as well as internal and external stakeholders around the solutions you develop by advocating for them, understanding their implications, ensuring their quality, and maintaining user engagement
  • Ensure sufficient documentation for developed solutions
  • Minimum Requirement

  • B.A./B.S. or higher degree
  • 2+ years of laboratory automation experience (as an engineer or scientist)
  • Demonstrated ability to break down complex problems into actionable steps
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • 2+ years of product management experience and proven track record delivering incredible software
  • Customer-facing experience a plus
  • Past experience with liquid handlers and/or developing and onboarding scientific workflows
  • Experience leading or supporting user research
  • Experience in an Agile development environment
  • Excited to work with the best scientists and engineers to develop new lab automation tools to solve never-before-seen scientific challenges
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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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