Research Scientist II

Integrated DNA Technologies
Job Location
Coralville, IA 52241
Job Description

The Research Scientist II, under minimal supervision, conducts bench scientific experimentation that advances the basic science of nucleic acids and nucleic acid biochemistry and assists with development and characterization of new IDT genomics products in NGS, qPCR and functional genomics. This position is responsible for planning and executing experiments, analyzing data and reporting/presenting findings as well as supporting IDT customers.


Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions

  • Applies knowledge of basic science and employs solid laboratory skills to execute bench experiments using variety of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical and general laboratory techniques as directed.
  • Plans experimental details required for execution of assigned work under minimal to moderate oversight.
  • Analyzes raw data, reports results and plans the next steps
  • Utilizes mathematical, graphical, imaging, nucleic acid analysis, and other software aids as needed.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Maintains accurate and detailed records of experimental work.
  • Assists in the preparation of technical reports for internal use.
  • Assists in filing invention disclosures and writing manuscripts for publication.
  • Interacts with and assists other members of the R&D team as needed to meet research objectives.
  • Interacts with internal departments and IDT customers to assist with customer service/technical support and to advance collaborative research projects as directed.
  • Presents information at group meetings as directed
  • Leads or participates in the maintenance of laboratory and equipment
  • Introduces new techniques into the research group which have not previously been used at IDT.
  • Represents IDT at scientific conference and trade shows, assists in preparing and presenting scientific posters.
  • Uses radioactive materials and autoradiography, on occasion, during the course of experimental work.
  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Specific Duties

  • Works on novel nucleic acid amplification systems and sequence identification methods
  • Produces and purifies novel mutant recombinant proteins and nucleic acid modifying enzymes

Education, Licensure, Certification, Registration

  • Bachelor's degree (in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry or a related life sciences field) with three or more years relevant lab experience required
  • Master's degree (in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry or a related life sciences field) with one or more years relevant lab experience preferred

Professional Experience

  • Prior experience in PCR, qPCR and RT-qPCR preferred
  • Prior experience in recombinant protein expression and characterization preferred
  • Prior experience in mammalian cell culture preferred
  • Previous experience with primer/probe design and statistical tools for DOE preferred.
  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.


  • Knowledge of PCR, qPCR, and RT-qPCR preferred
  • Experience in protein expression and characterization preferred
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture preferred

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to train others in basic laboratory techniques and equipment operation.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and maintain several projects at one time.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with peers and all levels of management.

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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