Software Engineering Intern (Summer 2022)

Remote/Boston, MA

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Do you want to develop software that helps program biology? Join the Software Team Summer 2022 Internship program 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 motivated Software Engineering Interns who will design, develop, 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, MySQL, Postgres, Elastic Search, Airflow, and other modern tools and frameworks. Our languages of choice are Python and Javascript, but you must be someone who loves writing elegant code in any language. Most importantly, you should be passionate about making biology the next engineering discipline. The 20th century was all about bits and the awesome technology of computers; the 21st century is all about atoms and the awesome technology of biology. Ginkgo is at the forefront of this revolution. Here's your chance to change the world (rather than selling more ads). 
Please note:  This program is a paid internship which will take place during Summer 2022. Candidates who are able to be onsite at our Boston office locations 3 days per week (or more) are preferred.

Project Examples

  • Designing and implementing tools and workflows for genetic design of genes, metabolic pathways, and genome modifications
  • Programming robots to assemble DNA, modify genomes, culture cells, and prepare assay samples
  • Developing verification tools for strain construction
  • Developing data analysis tools and workflows for processing and analyzing next generation sequencing (NGS) and mass spec data

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • You are an undergraduate junior or senior who has demonstrated amazing programming skills through interesting independent programming projects
  • You love to write elegant code
  • You are excited to work hand-in-hand with the Foundry team to develop the next generation of foundry-for-engineering organisms
Want to learn more about our Software Summer Internship Program?Check out the highlights from our 2021 Interns in this blog post:  Part 1 and Part 2. (You can also see information from our Summer 2020 interns here:  Part 1 and Part 2.) 
To explore our Software team pages and blog posts, see below: Software team page: Software Twitter account: blog posts: Using React Memo for a More Performant User ExperienceBuilding a Data Processing Pipeline for NGS Part 1Ginkgo's COVID-19 Pivot: Decisiveness and AgilityDay in the Life: ChrisDay in the Life: Dan
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:What is it really like to take your company public via a SPAC? One Boston biotech shares its journey (Fortune)Ginkgo Bioworks resizes the definition of going big in biotech, raising $2.5B in a record SPAC deal that weighs in with a whopping $15B-plus valuation (Endpoints News)Ginkgo Bioworks CEO on scaling up Covid-19 testing: ‘If we try, we can win’ (CNBC)Ginkgo raises $70 million to ramp up COVID-19 testing for employers, universities (Boston Globe)Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)Ginkgo Bioworks Provides Support on Process Optimization to Moderna for COVID-19 Response (PRNewswire)The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
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.
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