IDT - Coralville Operations (1710 Commercial Park)

  • Automation Engineer

    Job Locations US-IA-Coralville
    Posted Date 4 months ago(10/2/2018 2:17 PM)
    # of Openings
    M-F 40 Hour Week (United States of America)
  • Overview

    The Automation Engineer is responsible for developing high quality automated solutions for IDT processes within the Operations departments.  This position is responsible for understanding the manufacturing process, gathering requirements, developing and validating new automated systems.  The major focus will be on liquid handling systems and equipment that integrates with the liquid handlers.


    • Designs and implements integrated, automated solutions within IDT systems
    • Develops application specific protocols for liquid handlers and other instrumentation
    • Performs troubleshooting and other sustaining activities to keep automated solutions operating optimally
    • Provides training for end users and support staff
    • Develops performance indicators for process automation and creates preventative maintenance protocols
    • Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, and reviewing technical publications.
    • Optimizes liquid handling performance of instrumentation.
    • Designs and/or selects instrumentation to be used in automation of IDT processes
    • Performs testing and validation of automated systems
    • Audits automated processes to ensure best practices are in use
    • Works with department and project teams to develop and implement automated solutions
    • Collaborates with external vendors to identify, demo, and implement new automated solutions at IDT
    • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.
    • Performs other duties as assigned



    • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering or related field required. 

    Professional Experience:

    • 1-3 years of experience in instrument integration and automation required.
    • Programming experience of Hamilton and other liquid handlers preferred.
    • Lab experience using liquid handlers and other automated lab equipment required.
    • Demonstrated experience working in a team-oriented environment required.

    Other Job Qualifications

    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to work as a team to reach a common goal.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels, both internally and externally.
    • Skill of report writing.
    • Ability to multitask and adapt to changing priorities on demand.
    • Ability to meet deadlines
    • Ability of self-motivation.
    • Knowledge of SILA standards
    • Skill of excellent oral and written communication.
    • Adaptability to perform under stress when confronted with critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or situation in which working speed and sustained attention are make-or-break aspects of the job.
    • 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.

    Physical Requirements:

    Exert up to 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10-15 lbs. a minimal amount frequently

    Constant (67%-100% of work day)

    • 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.

    Frequent (34-66% of work day)

    • Sitting: to assume a position in which the weight is largely supported by the buttocks, usually with the body vertical and the thighs horizontal.
    • Standing: maintaining an upright 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.

    Occasional (33% or less of work day)

    • Reaching: extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
    • 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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