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Senior Scientist, Next Generation Sequencing 32 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 Senior Scientist in our NGS group, you’ll support Ginkgo’s organism engineering programs by developing new methods that leverage the Foundry’s impressive sequencing capabilities. By forming a collaborative loop with organism engineers, you’ll help design better experiments and reach conclusions faster. By adding your own expertise to an interdisciplinary team of bench scientists, computational biologists, data scientists, and software engineers, your role will be critical to developing world-changing methods for engineering biology.


  • Design and perform NGS wet-lab experiments, using a wide range of bacterial, fungal, plant, and mammalian cells across multiple NGS platforms
  • Collaborate with computational biologists on experimental design and analysis to optimize new analytic approaches using NGS technologies
  • Develop and implement innovative sequencing and molecular biology assays
  • Develop, validate, and onboard new technologies for NGS and sample preparation
  • Develop and implement DNA and RNA extraction methods for a variety of challenging starting materials
  • Miniaturize and automate high-throughput laboratory processes
  • Collaborate with organism engineers to plan projects and write proposals
  • Effectively communicate scientific results to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • PhD with at least 5 years of experience (or MS with at least 8 years of experience) in a relevant field of biological sciences
  • Relevant managerial experience required (i.e., molecular web lab operators)
  • Experience with a diverse array of microorganisms and strain engineering for synthetic biology
  • Familiarity with Jupyter notebooks
  • Familiarity with high-throughput automation
  • Experience with some or all of the following techniques and platforms:  RNAseq, RT-qPCR, ChIPseq, 10X genomics, Illumina NGS, Oxford Nanopore, PacBio
  • Experience with a variety of sequencing applications (transcriptomics, resequencing, de novo genome assembly, metagenomics, epigenetics, etc.)
  • 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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