Purification Scientist I - GMP HPLC

Organization
Integrated DNA Technologies
Job Location
Coralville, IA 52241
Job Description

The Purification Scientist I purifies custom oligonucleotides according to the customer's order. This generally includes the sorting, purification, and QC sampling of the products being made.

Job Specific Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to safety regulations, lab SOPs, and contamination controls
  • Performs the purification of oligos using various techniques
  • Uses automated and manual lab equipment including limited maintenance and troubleshooting activities
  • Quantifies and samples oligos for quality control tests
  • Assesses QC data accurately and makes pass/fail decisions for oligos
  • Ensures that product meets final purity guarantees through the custom purification process
  • Sorts oligos for the proper purification either by hand or using software
  • Uses custom software packages to complete tasks and create final product
  • Troubleshoots oligo failures and makes thoughtful sorting and purification decisions
  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Position Specific Essential Functions:

  • Follows custom instructions outlined by Oligo Master Records or Manager Approved Process Flows
  • Performs hand coupling of modifications
  • Keeps thorough records of specialized processes in the oligo process history
  • Organizes and handles customer owned materials, as well as non-standard reagent formulations
  • Handles expensive oligos and reagents

Education:

  • Associate's degree in science related field plus 2 years of applicable lab experience required
  • Bachelor's degree in science related field preferred

Experience:

  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required

 

Other Job Qualifications

  • Ability to work in a team environment, remaining attentive to ideas, recognizing responsibilities, and actively participating with others to accomplish assignments and achieve desired goals.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate with peers and all levels of management
  • Ability to manage time and works independently
  • Ability to prioritize and organize workload to efficiently accomplish departmental goals
  • Uses aids and SOPs to make decisions about the proper production path per product
  • Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergent, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or situation in which working speed and sustained attention are make-or-break aspects of the job.
  • Ability to perform 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.
  • Ability to accept responsibility for the direction, control or planning of an activity.
  • Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.
  • Ability to perform repetitive work or to perform continuously the same work, according to set procedures sequence or pace.

Physical Requirements:

Exert 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10-15 lbs. of force frequently

Constant (67%-100% of work day)

  • Reaching: extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • 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.
  • Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Frequently (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Occasional (33% or less of work day)

  • Climbing: stairs, stools, ramps, ladders.

 

Visual Acuity:

  • Work requires close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • 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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