Ginkgo Bioworks

101 - 250 employees
< 10 engineers
$100m+ funding
Series e

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. We engineer organisms to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. Ginkgo bioengineers make use of an in-house organism foundry to engineer new organisms for making natural products, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and more. We're making the code base, compiler and debugger for life. Program robots to build metabolic pathways and new genomes, automate testing and measurement platforms, and implement gene and pathway design algorithms.

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Why join us?

  • We use modern tools and frameworks which makes it easy and fun to build the future. Our tech stack makes great use of React, GraphQL, Python, Ruby, Django, Rails, Docker and AWS.

  • Ginkgo Bioworks is in synthetic biology which is the field of the future. Synthetic biology is being pursued to help solve humanity's most vexing challenges such as global warming, feeding a planet of 7 billion people, providing enough energy for the world and developing new and innovative medicines.


  • Ginkgo Bioworks is at the forefront of the synthetic biology revolution and is developing the platform and IDE for life. This is enabling us to design, build and test DNA and new strains faster than other companies in this space which in turns help us to solve problems faster.

    Joining Ginkgo means you can have a huge impact on solving today's challenges while building the platform for the future. Here is your chance to make a dent in the universe.

Engineering at Ginkgo Bioworks

Engineering team and processes

Our engineering team operates on two week sprints that begin with a planning meeting and end with a sprint review. During each sprint we work closely with our product team, users and other developers to implement features which go through a standard review process. Features are typically deployed as they are completed via CI/CT/CD pipelines and demoed to the software team and interested parties.

Technical Challenges

There is no set playbook for writing software for synthetic biology - we are writing it now.

Some of the challenges we encounter are writing software that is both simultaneously easy to use and well structured but flexible enough to accommodate multiple different workflows. We need the software to scale to handle increased volumes of data (many terabytes per day) and yet at the same time distill the information in usable chunks that scientists can understand.

Projects you might work on
  • We developed an application based on React/Apollo/GraphQL on the frontend and Python/Django on the backend that enables scientists to create complex DNA designs and order the DNA from either our internal Foundry or external vendors such as Twist.

  • We implemented a sequencing analysis pipeline using Airflow, AWS Batch and Python that processes thousands of samples per hour and provides detailed metrics on status and performance.

  • We implemented an API, frontend and backend infrastructure that enables users to roboticize their experiments and dramatically reduce the amount of required human intervention. This work involved a lot Python, Rails, GraphQL and React.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails

Working at Ginkgo Bioworks

We are open, informal, fun, hard working and have huge ambitions to change the world by engineering biology.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    Ginkgo Bioworks has an unlimited vacation policy.

  • Free Food

    Ginkgo Bioworks offers free dinner at the end of the day and has food provided at many of our meetings.

  • 401(k) Contribution

    As part of our benefits, Ginkgo Bioworks makes contributions to your 401K plan.

  • Flexible Hours

    Our engineers typically come to work from 9 to 5, but there are no hard and fast rules around this. We are flexible to help you balance your home and work lives!

  • Health Insurance

    We provide full medical and dental coverage.

  • Pet Friendly

    We have a dog room!

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave
Our Team by the Numbers

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