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Ginkgo Bioworks // expanding the role of biology
Boston, MA    Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2019
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Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, & redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe's growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, & more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing & building new organisms. Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.

Our team of Organism Engineers (OEs) is the core of Ginkgo's strain engineering platform. We believe that 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 & 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, & debottlenecking our designed systems.

We are looking for a highly talented Program Director to lead a team of three to six OEs in developing finely engineered fungal strains to produce commercial products for Ginkgo's customers.  With your expertise in engineering fungi for the production of enzymes and/or chemicals, you & your team will be responsible for identifying & implementing sound metabolic engineering strategies & workplans that will lead to successful, newly engineered strains.  Further, you'll work with Ginkgo's world-class foundry to ensure that your team leverages the unique capabilities of Ginkgo's automated workflows to speed up strain development.

As a technical leader in your field, you'll also collaborate with our Business Development Team, as well as senior management, to communicate Ginkgo's unique offerings to current & potential customers.  Plus, you'll provide key insight in order to effectively evaluate strain performance & pathway optimization. 

Finally, Ginkgo's most important goal is to build a sustainable business that advances our mission to make biology easier to engineer.  Therefore, in addition to the above, you'll also play a critical role in helping to shape our overall direction as a company, & supporting evolving needs, where appropriate, as they emerge.  While this is primarily a team management role, you'll ideally leverage your advanced experience to offer significant technical leadership across the organization.
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