Research Associate Contractor

  • Joyn Bio
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Jan 09, 2021

Job Description

Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology to engineer microbes.


  • The Contractor Research Associate will be working with the Microbial Engineering team and will leverage synthetic biology and biological engineering approaches to engineer microbes for sustainable agricultural products.


  • Generate, characterize and screen engineered microbial strains based on, but not limited to, microbiological, enzymatic, and in-vitro assays
  • Work collaboratively across Joyn Bio departments and the Ginkgo Foundry to deliver upon microbial engineering objectives.
  • The contract position requires at least 85% of the time spent at the laboratory bench, and 15% of the time documenting and managing projects


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s (or equivalent experience) in biochemistry, synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or a related field is necessary
  • At least 1 year of industry experience is recommended
  • Experience with molecular biology, particularly cloning, is preferred
  • Excitement to learn new techniques and own routine assay execution is essential
  • Prior experience running protein assays is a plus
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills are required


  • This is a 6 month contract position through a partner agency
  • This position will report to a Project Lead Scientist in Microbial Engineering
  • This individual will work with the Boston-based Microbial Engineering team
  • This individual will collaborate with Joyn Bio Departments across sites, as well as Ginkgo Bioworks Foundry teams

Organization Type



Food & Agriculture

Drawdown Solutions

Reduced Food Waste

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