Integrated DNA Technologies

  • Vice President Molecular Biology Research & Development

    Job Locations US-CA-Redwood City
    Posted Date 5 months ago(6/27/2018 8:59 PM)
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
    M-F 40 Hour Week
  • Overview

    Directs molecular biology research and development activities focused around detection and characterization of DNA and RNA samples, including NGS, PCR, genomic assays, novel enzymes, and buffer systems; leads and develops collaborations with academic and corporate thought leaders; provides scientific guidance and assistance wherever it is needed within other divisions of the company; builds and manages a large and diverse team of researchers; helps draft new patents and evaluate external intellectual property; presents seminars and other educational lectures at scientific conferences, customer sites, and other public venues.


    • Together with the Chief Scientific Officer establishes a product roadmap for the Genetic Analysis (GA) group and acts as the leader for GA product development activities.
    • Directs and manages the GA Product Development, Verification and Validation, and Enzyme Development organizations.
    • Works with and advises other members of senior management about the scientific merit of new technologies and their potential value.
    • Directs scientific collaborative activities with external entities relating to GA group products and research activities.
    • Provides assistance to customer service and technical support groups, being the top level of the technical support pyramid, providing scientific assistance and troubleshooting to top level customers or where new technologies of potential interest to IDT are encountered by the customer contact groups.
    • Assists with preparation of new patents (IP) related to scientific discoveries/advances made at IDT and assists with their prosecution.
    • Evaluates external IP for scientific validity and provide recommendations for licensure/interaction with outside entities.
    • Is a primary public IDT spokesperson for scientific topics.
    • Presents lectures and seminars at scientific conferences, trade shows, customer sites, and other locations as required.
    • Promotes corporate commercial interests and sales through direct customer interactions, visits to customer sites as requested/organized by IDT sales and business development.
    • Authors scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and books.
    • Supports Business Development activities in developing interactions that lead to new IDT customers primarily through contact at a scientific level.




    • Ph.D. in a biological or chemical discipline (required).
    • Postdoctoral experience in a molecular biology related discipline (required).


    Professional Experience:

    • Proven track record of identifying, developing and commercializing innovative products in the life science tools space (required).
    • Minimum of 15 years of experience working in Molecular Biology and related fields (required).
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience directing a group of research scientists in a corporate environment (required).
    • Currently is or has prior experience in being on the editorial board of a scientific journal (preferred)
    • Prior experience working in an oligonucleotide-focused research environment (preferred).
    • Prior experience working in development of next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies (preferred).
    • Prior experience working in development of recombinant proteins and enzyme development (preferred).
    • Prior experience working in development of PCR-based technologies (preferred).

    Other Job Qualifications


    • Must have a strong history of publication in the biological sciences.

    • Must have prior experience with writing patents and supporting the patent prosecution (IP).
    • Must be a dynamic and skilled public speaker, comfortable with presenting to large or small audiences (both layman and fellow scientist), in a US or international setting.
    • Must be eligible and willing to travel extensively, both nationally and internationally.
    • Must have strong organization skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize projects within conflicting and competing agendas.
    • Must be flexible, capable of changing direction quickly as corporate priorities shift.
    • Must have strong managerial and leadership abilities, capable of directing R&D teams concurrently at different geographic sites.
    • Adaptability to performing 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.
    • Adaptability to accepting responsibility for the direction, control or planning of an activity.
    • Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.


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