Research Scientist III

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

The Research Scientist III independently conducts bench scientific experimentation which advances the development and characterization of new genomics products at IDT. As a member of development teams, this position is responsible for the verification and validation of products including the designing, planning and executing of test plans to ensure compliance to product requirements.

  • Reviews product requirements in order to create and execute verification and validation test plans with minimal or no supervision
  • Analyzes data using appropriate statistical tests, report results and plan the next steps.
  • Acts as project lead, representing the department on new product development teams as requested.
  • Operates and maintains NGS, qPCR and general laboratory equipment. Aids in resolving issues with equipment.
  • Applies extensive scientific knowledge with broad laboratory skills to execute complex bench experiments using variety of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical and general laboratory techniques as directed.
  • Organizes and manages moderately complex projects.
  • Utilizes mathematical, graphical, imaging, nucleic acid analysis and other software aids as needed.
  • Maintains accurate and detailed records of experimental work.
  • Prepares technical reports for internal use; creates protocols or manuals for public display or distribution.
  • Interacts with and assists other members of the R&D team as needed to meet research objectives.
  • Oversees activities and assists with training of more junior research personnel as directed.
  • Interacts frequently with other internal departments and IDT customers to assist with customer service/technical support and helps manage collaborative research projects as directed.
  • Presents experimental results, data analysis or prior art evaluations at group meetings as directed.
  • Participates in scientific collaborations for new technology/product development.
  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education:

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

Professional Experience:

  • Knowledge and bench level experience in NGS and/or qPCR applications required.
  • Experience in product development and the functional verification and validation testing of products and processes required.
  • Experience in the application of statistical principles required.
  • Experience in using JMP or other software for statistical analysis and DOE experiments preferred.
  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
  • Previous experience with DNA analysis/genomics applications in NGS, qPCR or CRISPR required.
  • Previous experience with public speaking preferred.
  • Previous experience with publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of IDT products and product lines preferred.

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.

Travel Requirements

  • Occasional travel (up to than 20%) is expected.

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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