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Research Associate, RNA Therapeutics

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks

Emeryville, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023
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 dozens of different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.
Ginkgo is continuously crossing new frontiers of biological engineering and we have a record of delivering what was, until recently, thought impossible. Now, our expansion into mammalian cell engineering promises to push our boundaries even further, and so we’re looking for pioneering engineers to make Ginkgo’s new mammalian cell foundry a success.
As a Research Associate in the RNA Therapeutics team, you will conduct and analyze key in vitro and in vivo experiments aimed at engineering and improving various RNA-based products. The successful candidate will have experience working with and handling DNA and RNA, e.g. PCR, in vitro transcription, purification, and visualization. You will independently design, execute, and analyze key experiments in a variety of workflows with and without automation. Additionally, mammalian cell culture and next generation sequencing experience is preferred. Internal title will be Mammalian Engineer 2.


  • Support senior scientists and engineers in advancing projects by executing key in vitro and in vivo experiments, including in vitro transcription, RNA purification, and quality control
  • Collaborate with fellow Mammalian Foundry team members across multiple projects and teams.
  • Work with fellow Ginkgo engineers to integrate workflows into Ginkgo’s automation and software platforms
  • Attend, participate in, and present results at cross-functional team meetings
  • Generate, analyze, and record high-quality data using Ginkgo LIMS, documentation, and database tools
  • Maintain laboratory records, and contribute to laboratory organization and maintenance

Required Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in a STEM field and 2-4 years of laboratory experience post-bachelor’s degree in an industrial setting
  • Fluency in mammalian cell culture
  • Familiarity with NGS-based experiments
  • Strong organizational, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment and ability to adjust workload based on changing priorities, coupled with a demonstrated eagerness to learn new things

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with laboratory automation
  • Familiarity with data analysis platforms such as Python, R, and/or JMP
Total compensation for this role is market driven, with a starting salary of $70,000+, as well as company stock awards. Base pay is ultimately determined based on a candidate's skills, expertise, and experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental & vision coverage, health spending accounts, voluntary benefits, leave of absence policies, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) program with employer contribution, 8 paid holidays in addition to a full-week winter shutdown and unlimited Paid Time Off policy.
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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.