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Research Associate – Assay Development 67 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.
Core to our organism engineering pipeline is the testing and analysis of our engineered strains. We leverage high-throughput screens and selections to measure thousands of strains at a time for improved enzyme activity of key steps or increased titers of final products. 
If you have interest in learning how to use cutting edge automation and software to understand, engineer and operationalize biology, perhaps a role as an HTS assay developer would be a good fit for your career. Ideally, you have experience in the development & optimization of biochemical assays and microbial plate culture. As an assay developer, you will design and execute laboratory experiments, generate & interpret data supporting the development of new processes and assays, and execute high-throughput screens. Other responsibilities will include learning about and applying new technical and scientific advances to your work, troubleshooting, data analysis, and reporting. Assay developers interact with and learn from many other teams at Ginkgo, so if you enjoy interdisciplinary work, assay development could be a great fit for you!


  • Develop, optimize and execute novel enzymatic and cell-based assays in high-throughput screens
  • Design and execute lab-based experiments, generate and interpret data 
  • Leverage automation to support assay development, execution, troubleshooting, data analysis, and reporting
  • Be excited to learn new skills and take on new challenges in support of where the science of our projects takes us 
  • Plan and execute high-throughput screens, and interpret experimental results to plan the next steps for the project 
  • Support recurring execution of existing workflows and continuously improve them
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • BS or MS in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, pharmacology, or equivalent; 1-2 years of experience in an industry laboratory setting working as part of a multi-disciplinary team are preferred
  • Experience with basic biology laboratory techniques and equipment, including preparation of media and reagents, plate readers, and liquid handlers 
  • Proficiency in Python, Spotfire, GraphPad PRISM, or JMP, experience in analyzing large data sets, and a desire to learn new programming languages and software tools
  • Willingness and ability to learn new things quickly and work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to independently troubleshoot errors
  • Strong organizational skills to support multiple workstreams in parallel, create and establish priorities, and meet timelines
  • Experience working with non-model microbes is a plus
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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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