Integrated DNA Technologies

  • Staff Scientist

    Job Locations US-CA-Redwood City
    Posted Date 7 months ago(7 months ago)
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
    M-F 40 Hour Week (United States of America)
  • Overview

    We are looking for a highly motivated product development scientist to join IDT’s R&D group. The new team member will lead the development and characterization of new genomics products mainly in NGS and qPCR, to help create cutting edge, robust new products and assays for basic research, agricultural, and clinical applications.


    Position Specific Duties/Essential Functions 

    • Lead or participate new product development in NGS and qPCR
    • Design and execute product development studies including feasibility, optimization and testing
    • Present qPCR or NGS poster, talk or webinar in a scientific conference or customer site
    • Actively participate in external technology assessments and collaborations to develop new products
    • Accomplishes individual goals and collaborates with other team members to meet pre-determined project deadlines

    Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions

    • Supervises and directs staff which would include employee hiring, training, evaluations and discipline. 
    • 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.
    • Leads complex projects that may require a multi-member team.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Supervises and directs staff which would include employee hiring, training, evaluations and discipline.  
    • 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

    Professional Experience

    • 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.

    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.

    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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