Research Associate Contractor

  • Joyn Bio
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Aug 17, 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 beneficial 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.


  • Purify, characterize and screen protein payloads expressed by various microbes.
  • Work collaboratively across Joyn Bio departments and the Ginkgo Foundry to deliver upon microbial engineering objectives. 
  • The position requires at least 85% of the time spent at the laboratory bench, and 15% of the time documenting experiments and participating in project and team meetings.


  • 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 protein purification, is necessary
  • Prior experience running protein assays is recommended
  • Excitement to learn new techniques and own routine assay execution is essential
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills are required


  • This is a 6 months contract position through a partner agency
  • This position will report to the Payload team lead
  • This individual will work with the Boston-based Microbial Engineering team
  • This individual will collaborate with Joyn Bio Departments across sites, as well as potential CROs


  • This position will be based out of our Boston, Massachusetts site.

Organization Type



Food & Agriculture

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