Research Associate Contractor

  • Joyn Bio
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Feb 22, 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


  • The Temporary Contractor Research Associate (RA) will join a small, collaborative, microbial engineering team, focused on engineering non-model microbes for commercial application. The candidate will have the opportunity to leverage synthetic biology and analytical chemistry approaches to engineer microbes and assay them for improved properties.


  • Work collaboratively across Joyn Bio and Ginkgo Bioworks to deliver on microbial engineering objectives.
  • Generate, characterize and screen engineered microbial strains based on, microbiological, enzymatic, and analytical chemistry assays.
  • The position requires at least 85% of the time spent at the laboratory bench, and 15% of the time documenting projects.


  • Work with a fun and collaborative team of microbiologists, molecular biologists and analytical chemists.
  • Learn laboratory techniques such as, but not limited to, next generation sequencing, culturing and engineering industrially relevant microbes, chemical and fluorescence based assays.


  • 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 culturing and transforming non-model microbes is a plus.
  • Sterile technique is required.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills are required.
  • Excitement to learn new techniques and own routine assay execution is essential.


  • This is a 3-month contract position through a partner agency
  • This position will report to a Scientist in Microbial Engineering
  • This individual will work with the Boston-based Microbial Engineering team


  • This position will be based out of our 27 Drydock Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts site.

Organization Type



Food & Agriculture

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