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Upstream Process Engineer I/II 116 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, each of our organisms needs to be successfully deployed. Ensuring that the deployed product reproducibly meets customer and market specification in an economically viable process is critical to Ginkgo’s success. Therefore, we’re seeking an upstream process engineer to help tackle this ambitious challenge. With your passion for process development, and a particular interest in precision fermentation, you’ll help to design, develop, and deploy fermentation processes for a variety of products across several scales and sites.


  • Execute internal tech transfer and scale-up of fermentation from ambr250 scale to 1 L, 5 L, 10 L and 30 L reactors
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Ginkgo’s fermentation, downstream process engineering, project engineering, QA/QC Program, and Alliance Management to successfully deliver products to customers
  • Provide guidance during outgoing fermentation tech transfer and scale-up
  • Contribute to maintaining Ginkgo’s autoclavable and SIP fermentation systems, informing facility expansion as needed
  • Maintain the process laboratory in an organized and safe manner
  • Curate, collate, organize, and interpret data generated from fermentation experiments and fermentation production batches
  • Interface with customer and contract manufacturing sites, which may include some travel
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • BS/MS in microbiology, biology, chemical engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 1 year of industrial experience (2+ years is preferred)
  • Hands-on experience with both autoclavable and SIP reactors
  • Superb organizational skills.  Experience with 5S methodology.
  • Experience with fermentation control software (e.g MFCS, BioCommand, Lucullus, DASWARE)
  • Expertise in scaling a variety of fermentation processes
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and data analysis skills
  • Enthusiasm and passion for precision fermentation and using synthetic biology to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems
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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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