Integrated DNA Technologies

Staff Scientist

4 weeks ago
# of Openings
Research & Development
M-F 40 Hour Week (United States of America)


The Staff Scientist conducts bench scientific experimentation that advances the basic science of nucleic acids and nucleic acid biochemistry and leads with development and characterization of new IDT genomics products in the CRISPR domain. A background in bacterial genetics and/or protein engineering is highly preferred. This position is responsible for planning, executing and communicating genomics projects, customer support tasks as R&D lead and participating external scientific collaborations.


  • Conducts experiments using both routine and advanced molecular biology methods (PCR, qPCR, cloning, etc.)
  • Optimizes functional genomics technologies with emphasis on the CRISPR domain.
  • Regularly communicates research findings to large groups both internal and external to IDT.
  • 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.
  • Develops experimental plan, independently, to move projects forward.
  • Analyzes raw data, organizes results and plans the next steps and implements.
  • Develops creative solutions for complex problems, drawing on extensive knowledge of science and bench laboratory experience.
  • 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.
  • Presents experimental results, data analysis, or prior art evaluations at group meetings as directed.
  • Directs preparation of technical reports for internal and external use; assists SciCom in preparing formal protocols for public display or distribution.
  • Assists in filing invention disclosures, writing patent applications and manuscripts for publication.
  • Provides, on a routine basis, scientific support for other IDT departments; assists customer service/technical support with direct customer interaction and helps manage or lead external collaborative research projects as directed.
  • Assists with general scientific and specific new product training for other IDT groups.
  • Introduces new techniques into the research group which have not previously been used at IDT. Participates new technology assessment.
  • Represents IDT at scientific conference and trade shows, prepare and present scientific posters and/or podium presentations.
  • Assists IDT sales reps with field visits to key customers as needed.
  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education, Licensure, Certification, Registration

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

Position Specific Professional Experience

  • Experience with advanced DNA cloning techniques required.
  • Experience with aseptic technique and bacterial cell culture required.
  • Experience in protein biochemistry and protein engineering methodologies preferred.
  • Experience with independently planning and implementing complex research projects required.
  • Experience with scientific writing and research presentation to audiences of varying experience levels required.
  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
  • Applies statistics for DOE during research and product development activities required.
  • Previous experience with public speaking preferred.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of IDT products and product lines preferred.


  • Experience conducting bacterial genetics screens is preferred but not required.
  • Basic protein purification experience is preferred but not required.
  • Previous experience in the CRISPR field is preferred but not required.

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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