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Research Associate, Next Generation Sequencing 34 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. Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.
As a Research Associate in our NGS group, you’ll support Ginkgo’s organism engineering programs by delivering key results to organism engineers using the Foundry’s impressive sequencing capabilities. By ensuring high-quality and fast turnaround for our NGS services, your role will be critical for engineering biology and program success.


  • Follow established SOPs to perform NGS wet lab experiments, using a wide range of bacterial, fungal, plant, and mammalian cells across multiple NGS platforms
  • Interact with program team members and other foundry teams to receive and process samples
  • Take corrective action if Quality Control results are not within acceptable limits
  • Train on new protocols and contribute to SOP improvements
  • Contribute to 5S efforts on shared workspaces
  • Keep an organized work space and a neat laboratory notebook
  • Participate in maintaining inventory and ordering of laboratory supplies
  • Assist in development efforts and other laboratory duties as necessary
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • BS/MS in a relevant field of biological sciences
  • Familiarity with high-throughput automation
  • Clinical laboratory experience a plus
  • Experience with some or all of the following techniques and platforms:  RNAseq, RT-qPCR, ChIPseq, 10X genomics, Illumina NGS, Oxford Nanopore, PacBio
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn in a rapidly changing, growing organization
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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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