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Danaher Corporation Research Scientist III - Molecular Genetics in Coralville, Iowa

The Research Scientist III, independently conducts bench scientific experimentation that advances the basic science of nucleic acids and nucleic acid biochemistry and assists with the development and characterization of new IDT genomics products in NGS, qPCR, and CRISPR. This position is involved in major customer support and R&D collaboration activities as well.

This specific Research Scientist will be involved in developing and aiding in the commercialization of new CRISPR genome editing technologies through executing experiments at the bench, collaborating with IDT’s Product Management department, and interacting with IDT customers. The ideal candidate would possess industry experience with a combination of basic science and product management skills.

Essential Functions:

  • Applies extensive scientific knowledge with broad laboratory skills to execute complex bench experiments using a variety of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical, and general laboratory techniques as directed.

  • Plans experimental details required for the execution of assigned work, with little oversight.

  • Analyzes raw data, reports results and plans the next steps.

  • Organizes and manages moderately complex projects.

  • 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.

  • Prepares technical reports for internal use; creates protocols or manuals for public display or distribution.

  • Assists in filing invention disclosures, writing patent applications and manuscripts for publication.

  • 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.

  • Participates in the maintenance of laboratory cleanliness including but not limited to washing and storage of glass/plastic ware and autoclaving waste, organization of reagents and freezers, etc.

  • Represents IDT at scientific conference and trade shows; prepares and presents data-oriented posters (involving domestic or international travel).

  • Uses radioactive materials and autoradiography, on occasion, during the course of experimental work.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 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 of relevant lab experience preferred

Professional Experience:

  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with a 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.

Travel Requirements

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

Physical Requirements:

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

What We Offer:

  • Generous Paid Time Off Accruals

  • 16 Hours PAID Volunteer Time Off

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • Up to eight (8) weeks of 100% paid parental leave to eligible U.S. associates

  • 401(k) with Company Match

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Options

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) conducts drug screens and background checks on applicants who accept employment offers.

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