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Biology on your terms. develope organisms using computer automation

Senior Software Engineer, DNA Design Tools

$110k – $150k AngelList Est.
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Do you want to develop software that helps program biology? Join the Software Team at Ginkgo Bioworks and become a part of the next great technological revolution - constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. 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, organism engineers, and more. You'll have the opportunity to contribute to the exciting frontiers of synthetic biology, including DNA design, genome sequencing, and automating experiments at scales previously unheard of.

At Ginkgo, our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. 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. We're looking for a Senior Software Engineer who will design, develop, test, and deploy the software used by Ginkgo scientists to create these new organisms, conduct experiments, control lab robots, and analyze massive amounts of data. You'll collaborate with a team of talented and diverse engineers, product managers, experts in data analysis and bioinformatics, and, of course, your customers – the dozens of biologists and chemists at Ginkgo.

Our tech stack includes AWS, Docker, Django, REST, GraphQL, React, Postgres, and other modern tools and frameworks. Our languages of choice are Python and Javascript. We don't expect you to be an expert in every platform, but we do expect that you have a solid foundation in computer science and have no problem mastering the technologies that we use today (and will adopt tomorrow). And, most importantly, while you may not have a background in biology, you must be passionate about Ginkgo's mission of making biology easier to engineer.


  • Design and implement software solutions on Loom, our state-of-the-art DNA Design Tool that assembles and orders a world class amount of synthetic DNA for Ginkgo’s bioengineers.
  • Collaborate with your tech lead and product manager to define milestones and deliverables.
  • Prototype new ideas, algorithms, and frameworks as Loom expands functionality into DNA Synthesis and Assembly
  • Work as a member of an agile team, attend scrum meetings, and review code produced by your peers.
  • Mentor and grow junior team members in problem solving and technical designs.
  • Write automated tests for your solution and oversee its deployment.
  • Monitor the production environment to detect and address customers' issues.

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 code management systems, CI/CD, AWS, or any other cloud experience a plus
  • Familiarity with biology a plus
  • Previous startup experience a plus
  • Eagerness to work hand-in-hand with the Ginkgo's foundry team to architect the next generation of foundry for engineering organisms
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Ginkgo Bioworks at a glance

Biology on your terms. develope organisms using computer automation

Ginkgo Bioworks focuses on Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Medical, and Chemicals. Their company has offices in Boston. They have a large team that's between 201-500 employees. To date, Ginkgo Bioworks has raised $789.12M of funding; their latest round was closed on May 2020.

You can view their website at http://ginkgobioworks.com/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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