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Network Engineer: Ginkgo Bioworks – Boston, MA

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. Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.

We’re creating the code base, compiler, and debugger for biology. We’ve built a strong set of internal software and automation tools, computing platforms, and networks that enable high-throughput genetic engineering across our foundry. As Ginkgo continues to expand, we want to make these better, more powerful, more scalable, and more effective, while making them easier to use, manage, and deploy.

To achieve this, we’re seeking a motivated, driven, and experienced Network Engineer to join our rapidly growing team. With your network design and operations skills, you’ll be critical to helping us maintain and scale our cloud infrastructure that deploys and operates Ginkgo’s proprietary scientific software, and to keeping it all secure.

We’re looking for someone to join Ginkgo and start contributing immediately to our network and InfoSec planning, design, implementation, and operations management efforts. The job will be demanding, but the opportunities for growth are tremendous. You will be joining a highly competent, energetic, and visible IT/DevOps team with a track record of significant achievement, as well as an extremely cohesive spirit that makes it fun to come to work.


  • Apply network best practices to ensure fully scalable and resilient communications infrastructure
  • Design, build, and maintain network infrastructure in-house, co-located, and in AWS
  • Assist in the design, acquisition, implementation, and operations of InfoSec applications, hardware, and cloud appliances
  • Act as a liaison to our vendors regarding all network-related projects, plans, implementations and support issues
  • Work closely with scientists, IT, and engineers to resolve outages and implement changes to avoid future issues
  • Evaluate and leverage both physical (on-prem, co-lo) and AWS network technologies
  • Help automate our network provisioning processes to ensure efficiency, quality, and scalability

Desired Experience and Capabilities:

  • BS or MS degree in software engineering or related field, OR equivalent work experience
  • At least 4 years of network administration experience, ideally including hands-on development and operational network administration in a software development or biotech organization
  • Hands-on experience with Meraki, Cisco Nexxus, and Cisco Catalyst hardware and management is desirable
  • Experience in configuration and tuning of complex WiFi architecture
  • Experience in network design and implementation, with planning and execution of the continuous scaling out of high-speed physical LAN and WAN infrastructure
  • Experience with AWS networking design is desirable
  • Hands-on Linux administration experience is very desirable
  • Experience with security products such as Cisco ISE and Firepower, ORDR, Okta, or similar, as well as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, LDAP, and related technologies
  • Hands-on incident management (security) experience
  • Proven track record of excellent customer service delivery, including working with developers, operators, and users to efficiently troubleshoot and resolve challenging problems
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Experience with requirements gathering, design, project planning, and software implementation a plus
  • Previous experience working in the life sciences industry a plus
  • High level of enthusiasm for working with the best scientists and engineers to further develop Ginkgo’s foundry and help achieve our mission

We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life. Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack – we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.



Lio Tariman

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