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Research Scientist II - Enzyme Development R&D

Integrated DNA Technologies
Job Location
1710 Commercial Park
Coralville, IA 52241
United States
Job Description

Integrated DNA Technologies

ID 2019-4761
Job Locations US-IA-CoralvilleCategory Research & Development
# of Openings 1
Posted Date 17 hours ago
Shift/Schedule M-F 40 Hour Week (United States of America)


IDT is seeking a Molecular Biologist to work in the Enzyme Development group. The individual will work under the direct supervision of a more senior Research Scientist, working on developing and improving genomic applications. The individual will have wet lab bench experience, and proven abilities to carry out standard experimental techniques like quantitative PCR, cloning, Sanger DNA sequencing, UV and Vis Spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, use of liquid handling devices, and basic bacteriological growth. Attention to detail and ability to keep comprehensive scientific records an absolute requirement.

The ideal candidate will be a recent Master graduate with one year of experience, or possess a Bachelor's degree with 3 or more years of lab experience (this experience may include experience gained from education).

This is an INTERMEDIATE research position, and more commonly associated with a title of "Research Assistant" in the Midwest.


Position Essential Functions:

  • Plan, design, set up and execute real time qPCR testing using a variety of platforms
  • Plan, design, set up and execute genotyping assays using a variety of platforms
  • Assist other scientists in executing experiments as needed including setup and running of equipment
  • Isolate and purify nucleic acids from a variety of biological sources
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment, keep work spaces clean and well organized, order and stock reagents as needed
  • Data analysis and summary written reports and scientific presentations
  • 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.
  • Aid in the trouble shooting of genetic assay characterization and performance

Job Essential Functions for all Research Scientist II Associates:

  • 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.



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

Professional Experience:

  • Previous experience operating real time PCR instrumentation required.
  • Previous experience operating isolating and characterizing nucleic acids required.
  • Experience with DNA analysis software packages like DNAStar or equivalent software required
  • Previous experience with clearly communicating scientific data and conclusions to scientific audiences required
  • Previous industry experience preferred
  • Previous experience with Design of Experiment software is preferred
  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
  • Previous experience with primer/probe design and statistical tools for DOE preferred.


  • Ability to design and validate fluorescent based qPCR assays required
  • Working knowledge of standard laboratory analytical techniques such as UV-Vis spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, fluorescence/colorimetric based quantitation required
  • Standard molecular biology techniques such as cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, DNA purification required
  • Knowledge in the correct handling of proteins used in standard Molecular Biology techniques required.
  • Ability to keep comprehensive scientific records required.

Other Job Qualifications:

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

Frequent (34-66% of work day)

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

Occasional (33% or less of work day)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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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