About the Residency

Spend three months at Ginkgo working at the intersection of your creative discipline and synthetic biology.

At Ginkgo, we’re continually looking for innovative ways to design with biology. We believe that multidisciplinary thinking has the power to open up new opportunities for synthetic biology and to catalyze crucial conversations about our shared futures on this planet and beyond. We’d like to broaden this vision, so we’re opening up our foundry to creative collaboration—that’s where you come in.


Biology is becoming easier to engineer, which will impact how we make the things that define our everyday lives. We’re engaging practitioners from broader design fields to frame the creative potential and implications of this technology through the Ginkgo Residency.


Propose a project to collaborate with Ginkgo’s engineers and organism designers that explores the intersections between biology and design and society.


We’re looking for individuals with a unique vision of the future based on original thinking. You’re someone who’s able to apply critical thinking to creative problem-solving, using our Foundry as your new context. Be ready to adapt to a new environment and to push the boundaries of your disciplinary expertise.


Residents will retain copyright and ownership over work created at Ginkgo during their residency, with shared image rights with Ginkgo Bioworks.

Residents will receive a $5000 monthly stipend.

Project development budget will be based on project scope.

The Team

Collaborate with Ginkgo’s engineers and organism designers, apply critical, creative, human-centered problem solving to work with Ginkgo’s automated foundry tools and codebase of biological knowledge.


  • We want to hear from you if you are a futures-oriented practitioner of materials, processes, products, interactions or systems. We welcome creative perspectives across analog, digital and biological realms. If you find it difficult to define your practice, we get it, so don’t be afraid to apply!
  • A well-developed understanding of the intersections of design and science is essential. Experience with biology and laboratory tools and processes is not required, but is advantageous depending on what you hope to achieve during your time at Ginkgo.
  • The dates of the residency can be flexible, but we’d like you to be in residence at our headquarters in Boston, USA, for three months during the last half of 2018.
  • International applicants are welcome, and we will work with you to secure a visa if necessary, although we cannot offer any guarantees that it will be approved.
  • If you are shortlisted for an interview, we ask that you keep the last week of May free for a conversation with the team (via Google Hangouts).
  • We also feel 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. We hope to continue to build an industry whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life. We welcome proposals from people of all backgrounds, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, or ability.


Apply by May 14th, 2018

The residency start date is flexible during the second half of 2018

Past Residencies

Natsai Audrey Chieza

Last summer we piloted our very first creative-in-residence with Natsai Audrey Chieza, Founder and Creative Director of Faber Futures. Together with Natsai, we have developed an open environment for multidisciplinary collaboration from within Ginkgo’s culture and foundry, and across the broader synthetic biology and creative industries network in Massachusetts and beyond.

Want to learn more about what it’s like to be resident at Ginkgo?

Read Natsai’s account of her experience at Ginkgo:

Natsai’s Residency