Director, Infrastructure Enablement

Ginkgo Bioworks

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.

Ginkgo believes that if we are to grow a thriving, sustainable bioeconomy, we must also grow a new market in biosecurity. Our biosecurity and public health initiative, Concentric by Ginkgo, launched a nationwide emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing end-to-end pathogen monitoring services to schools, communities, and travelers. As we continue to scale Concentric, our work is also evolving into new and exciting directions, from global expansion to the integration of new technologies and capabilities, including our Traveler-Based Genomic Surveillance Plan with the CDC.

You will be the final decision maker on high level technical decisions and responsible for the overall architecture of our systems. You will work with the Software Team to ensure the architecture is implemented as intended and refine it as new knowledge arises from implementation.

In order to succeed in this role you need a track record of successful software delivery, be up to date with current technologies (especially AWS), be able to create proof of concepts and communicate technical concepts and decisions concisely and accurately. You will thrive if you are a self-starter motivated to bring organism engineering to new heights.


  • Define, maintain and communicate Concentric’s Software Architecture with input from the Software Team
  • Collaborate with the Product Management and Software Teams to define and track roadmaps for implementation of the architecture
  • Make Build vs Buy decisions
  • Research third party software assets and identify candidates to add to the Concentric portfolio
  • Create proof of concepts for major software components
  • Collaborate with the Data team to ensure our Data Architecture will support analytics across the organization
  • Champion and implement continuous process improvements to enhance productivity

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s + minimum 15 years of experience OR Masters + minimum 10 years of experience
  • 5 years of AWS experience
  • Superb communication skills with all stakeholders
  • Proficiency in agile development.
  • Demonstrated ability to break down complex problems into actionable steps.
  • Excited to work with the best scientists and engineers to develop new data tools to solve never-before-seen scientific challenges.
  • Superior troubleshooting skills in large system

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • Industry experience in biology, biological engineering, synthetic biology, or a related field.
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple, concurrent responsibilities
  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Eagerness to support Concentric’s goals, with a strong drive to help our initiative succeed

Total compensation for this role is market driven, with a starting salary of $170k+, as well as company stock awards. Base pay is ultimately determined based on a candidate’s skills, expertise, and experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental & vision coverage, health spending accounts, voluntary benefits, leave of absence policies, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) program with employer contribution, 8 paid holidays in addition to a full-week winter shutdown and unlimited Paid Time Off policy.

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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, employment applicants, and EOE disability/vet.

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