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Ginkgo Bioworks is a publicly traded (NYSE: $DNA), high-growth biotechnology company based in Boston’s Seaport District, that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, material, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering. 
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have launched a new service: Concentric by Ginkgo. We firmly believe that testing is an essential requirement to re-open the economy as quickly and safely as possible. Concentric is the largest provider of K-12 COVID-19 testing. We currently run state-level K-12 testing programs in more than 10 states and some of the nation’s largest school districts. To date, Concentric has sequenced more than 10,000 samples from a variety of sample types, in support of public health. As we continue to scale Concentric by Ginkgo, our work is also evolving and expanding into new and exciting directions.
Would you like to use your software experience to have a direct and positive impact on the COVID-19 response, and help to build biosecurity products of the future? Join our Concentric by Ginkgo Software Team and leverage your skills to help organizations and communities tackle the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 has put on them. 
We also recognize that biosecurity and public health are global problems. After the enormous impact Concentric has had – and continues to have – in the US, we are working to support COVID-19 response and make the world safe from future biosecurity and public health threats.
To help facilitate this initiative – and help drive our biosecurity work forward – we’re looking for talented Software Engineers to join our team. With your expertise, you’ll help to build our Concentric platform that brings more COVID-19 testing to more people, with optimized testing programs that work across test modalities and a growing lab network. You’ll collaborate with a team of talented and diverse engineers, product managers, designers, experts in data analysis, and, of course, our customers. Plus, you’ll continuously innovate new capabilities for Concentric’s platform to be the center of long-term biosecurity. This is your chance to not only develop algorithms and frameworks at the cutting edge of software technologies, but also work side-by-side with the brightest scientists, engineers, and more.  
Our tech stack includes AWS, Aptible, Docker, Flask, Kubernetes, Postgres, and other modern tools and frameworks. Our languages of choice are Python and Javascript. While we don’t expect you to be an expert in every platform, we do expect that you have a solid foundation in computer science and be able to master the technologies that we use today (and will adopt tomorrow).  
Most importantly, while you may not have a background in biology, you must be passionate about Concentric by Ginkgo’s goal of providing more tests to more people. Your efforts will be critical to making COVID-19 testing more accessible than ever by helping to build out the software necessary to do laboratory diagnostics at scales previously unheard of.


  • Design and implement software solutions that address the current needs of Concentric by Ginkgo’s customers, partners, and internal stakeholders. These solutions could be a microservice, standalone tool, user-facing web application, data pipeline, etc.
  • Collaborate with your tech lead and product manager to define milestones and deliverables
  • Work as a member of an agile team, attend scrum meetings, and review code produced by your peers
  • Write automated tests for your solution and oversee its deployment
  • Monitor the production environment to detect and address customers’ issues
  • Prototype new ideas, algorithms, and frameworks
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  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • BS, MS, or PhD in computer science with 5+ years of industry experience
  • Proven track record in full-stack development
  • Experience with building distributed systems
  • Experience with code management systems, CI/CD, AWS, or any other cloud experience a plus
  • Experience with HIPAA compliant software a plus
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple, concurrent responsibilities
  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Eagerness to support Concentric by Ginkgo’s goals, with a strong drive to help our initiative succeed
  • Note on culture: Concentric by Ginkgo is a high energy, positive and fast paced environment where new challenges and opportunities arise every day, so this opportunity is ideal for people who thrive in those kinds of environments, and for people who like lots of variety in their day. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow. The team is motivated by doing high impact work in service to society. To get a sense of the culture at Ginkgo, read some articles in Grow by Ginkgo, the company magazine we produce, which tells the story of synthetic biology in a Ginkgo-authentic way.
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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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