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Senior/ Principal Scientist, Analytical Chemistry 63 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.
To realize our dream of building a next-generation organism company, we must ensure that quality is maintained during all stages of our projects, through to the successful deployment of our organisms and processes. Therefore, we’re seeking a Senior or Principal Scientist with strong analytical chemistry experience to develop, manage and interpret assay quality specifications for a wide range of procedures and analytes. As a Senior or Principal Scientist, you will be a key member of the QAQC team that will design and deploy systems that add structure and scalability to current QAQC processes. You’ll help ensure that Ginkgo, our customers, and our contract manufacturers have the necessary methods and processes in place so that we maintain compliance across any required regulatory standard and consistently meet the defined product and process specifications.


  • Design, revise and deploy structured systems to streamline and encourage scalability of current QAQC processes (processes are described in below responsibilities)
  • Transfer, develop and validate sample preparation and analytical quantification methods for chemical and biological analytes within upstream and downstream fermentation samples using analytical methods such as LC-UV, GC-FID, LC-HRMS and GC-MSMS
  • Create, manage and analyze control charts which monitor accuracy and precision of QAQC procedures over time to streamline quality assurance, secondary review of data and root cause analysis
  • Support incoming and outgoing analytical method transfers, including method alignment, method validation, standard operating procedure (SOP) generation and equivalence testing
  • Perform QAQC data collection, integration, analysis, and reporting with the use of Ginkgo’s proprietary laboratory information management system (LIMS), driving revision of the LIMS when necessary
  • Maintain analytical instrumentation and associated maintenance logs, troubleshooting instruments as needed
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • BS in analytical chemistry or related field with at least 7 years of industrial experience; or Ph.D. with at least 2 years of industrial experience
  • Strong expertise in operating and maintaining chromatographic analytical chromatography equipment, especially LC-HRMS, LC-UV, GC-FID and GC-MSMS
  • Experience in mentorship or leadership within quality control and quality assurance in the context of analytical method development and analytical technology transfer 
  • Experience creating, tracking and analyzing control charts for quality assurance and streamlined root cause analysis
  • Ability to design systems that streamline and scale QAQC processes
  • Demonstrated mastery of authoring SOPs, validation reports, and certificates of analysis (COAs)
  • Expertise in Chromeleon software is highly desirable
  • Ability to work well within a fast-paced team environment and balance multiple projects simultaneously with excellent communication
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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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