Bioinformatics Software Engineer - qPCR & NGS

Integrated DNA Technologies
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Coralville, IA 52241
Job Description

The Bioinformatics Software Engineer will develop software for novel qPCR and NGS applications, manage genomic data and deploy bioinformatics applications to the web. This individual will also provide support for our production systems and be a key contributor to the product development team.

  • Works with the IT department to deploy bioinformatics applications to production environment
  • Develops, improves and maintains bioinformatics tools to support internal R&D and external customers
  • Acquires, manages and analyzes genomic data from internal and external sources
  • Works closely with R&D scientists within the organization and provides bioinformatics support to product development and research activities
  • Participates and contributes to external collaborations relevant to bioinformatics
  • Accomplishes individual goals and collaborates with other team members to meet project deadlines
  • Participates in scientific and technical discussions and contributes to improve existing technologies
  • Demonstrates and upholds behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values and delivers the Integrated DNA Technologies experience to customers and other business associates.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree with at least 3 years of experience or Bachelor’s degree with at least 6 years of experience in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or related fields required

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of bioinformatics is required
  • Knowledge/understanding of computational and biological issues and ability to communicate effectively with bench scientists required
  • Previous experience with qPCR assays and NGS data analysis is preferred

Other Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with web application development
  • Proficient in Java and C/C++ and one of the scripting languages, e.g. Python, Perl, R
  • Familiar with state of the art bioinformatics tools, algorithms and methods
  • Familiar with common biological databases e.g. GenBank, EMBL, etc.
  • Familiar with Linux/Unix and commonly used open source software packages
  • Familiar with high performance computing in a distributed/cloud environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to encourage and facilitate cooperation, teamwork and pride
  • Adaptability to perform under stress when confronted with critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or situation in which working speed and sustained attention are make-or-break aspects of the job.
  • Adaptability to performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure.
  • Ability to maintain both a high standard of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers.
  • Adaptability to accepting responsibility for the direction, control or planning of an activity.
  • Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.

Physical Requirements:

Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently

Frequent (34-66% of work day)

  • Sitting: to assume a position in which the weight is largely supported by the buttocks, usually with the body vertical and the thighs horizontal.
  • Using Fingers/Grasping/Feeling: writing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers or palm and perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touch.
  • Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken work- those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds at normal range; ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when auscultating and percussing.

Occasional (33% or less of work day)

  • Reaching: extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: maintaining an upright position.
  • Walking: moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.
  • Lifting: raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.
  • Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Bending: bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist and/or bending leg; bending legs at knee to come to rest or kneel.
  • Pushing/Pulling: using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward/using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Climbing: stairs, stools, ramps, ladders.

Visual Acuity:

  • Ability to read pertinent printed material and distinguish colors.
  • Ability to accurately read measurements on equipment.
  • Ability to prepare and read written documentation; use of computer.

Integrated DNA Technologies is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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