Research Associate Contractor

  • Joyn Bio
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Feb 05, 2022

Job Description

Joyn Bio is an ag-biotech company developing more sustainable ways to feed the world. Started by agriculture and synthetic biology leaders Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks, Joyn Bio is engineering beneficial microbes found in the environment to improve naturally occurring processes like nitrogen fixation. With exclusive access to Ginkgo Bioworks’ automated foundries for biological engineering and Bayer’s crop science expertise, Joyn Bio is delivering the scale and power of synthetic biology to agriculture. Joyn Bio brings together scientists with diverse backgrounds at its two sites in Boston, Massachusetts and Woodland, California to develop new microbial solutions that address growers’ biggest challenges. For more information please visit


  • The Contractor Research Associate will be working with the Microbial Engineering Assay Development team and will expand Joyn’s analytical capability through developing and running analytical assays.  


  • Routine operation of analytical equipment such as the LC-MS/MS, HPLC or GC.
  • Onboarding colorimetric or enzyme-based assays to expand the basic assay capabilities of the Boston site.
  • Work with the Analytical team to scale assay throughput.
  • 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, chemistry, synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or a related field is necessary.
  • At least 1 year of industry experience is recommended.
  • Experience using analytical instruments: HPLC, GC, or LC/MS is necessary.
  • Experience with multiple analytical instruments is preferred.
  • Demonstration of assay development on an analytical instrument is preferred.
  • Excitement to learn new techniques and own routine assay execution is essential.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills are required.


  • This is a 6-month contract position through a partner agency.
  • This position will report to the Microbial Assay Development 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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