Organism Engineering Padawan (1 Year Paid Internship)

Ginkgo Bioworks

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 ten different organisms making different products across multiple industries.

Our team of organism engineers (OEs) is the core of Ginkgo’s strain engineering platform. We believe biology is a unique engineering substrate that comes pre-loaded with startlingly brilliant code we didn't write. Enabled by our high-throughput foundry, we study and design the most efficient way to create a new organism using the most advanced molecular biology techniques. We also employ various -omics technology for understanding, troubleshooting and debottlenecking our designed systems.

We are looking for highly talented and motivated students to join our development processes, including strain design, DNA/strain construction, evaluation of strain performance, pathway optimization and troubleshooting. Above all, we’re looking for applicants with an enthusiasm for learning.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Assisting OEs with routine bench work tasks, such as molecular cloning, genome engineering etc.
  • Communicating and interacting with other teams, i.e. interacting with the Build team to use our high-throughput pipeline and automated processes, etc.   
  • Lead certain projects assigned by OEs according to your experience


  • BS or MS in biochemistry, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, or related fields
  • At least one year laboratory experience
  • Experience with high-throughput molecular cloning, assay development or protein engineering preferred
  • Familiarity with DNA/RNA design softwares or programing for simple bioinformatic applications preferred

To learn more about Ginkgo, check us out on Wired and BuzzFeed:

We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change.  Our goal is to help drive that change. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life.  Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack - we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

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