Upstream Process Engineer 76 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. Translating our lab-scale fermentation processes to pilot – and then commercial – scale is a key step in providing products to our customers and the overall market. We’re seeking an Upstream Process Engineer to scale up our fermentations internally, and then help drive tech transfer to commercial scale.  With your passion for fermentation and excellent critical thinking skills, your role will be critical to interfacing with and incorporating information from multiple disciplines, both from Ginkgo and externally. 


  • Execute internal tech transfer and scale-up of fermentations from ambr250 scale to 5L, 10L, and 30L reactors
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Ginkgo’s Fermentation, Downstream Process Engineering, Project Engineering, QA/QC, Program, and Alliance Management teams 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
  • Interface with customer and contract manufacturing sites, which may include some travel
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • BS in microbiology, biology, chemical engineering, or related field
  • At least 2-5 years of industrial experience
  • Hands-on experience with both autoclavable and SIP reactors
  • Experience with fermentation control software (e.g. MFCS, BioCommand)
  • Expertise with executing both incoming and outgoing tech transfers, a plus
  • Experience in scaling a variety of fermentation processes, a plus
  • 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
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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, equality, 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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