IDT - Coralville Operations (1710 Commercial Park)

  • Senior Staff Scientist

    Job Locations US-CA-Redwood City
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/12/2019 9:19 AM)
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
    M-F 40 Hour Week (United States of America)
  • Overview

    This position is a technical leadership role focused on the development and characterization of new genomic products specifically in Next-gen Sequencing. The candidate will be driving technical projects to meet company’s business initiatives and product requirements. This candidate will lead technical team, design and execute experiments, analyze data, and communicate results, to help create cutting edge, robust new products and assays for basic research, clinical and agricultural applications.


    Postion Specific Essential Functions

    • Leads new product development in NGS, specifically in the area of amplicon sequencing
    • Contributes to R&D strategy/planning in NGS
    • Designs and executes product development projects including feasibility, optimization and testing
    • Presents poster, talk or webinar in a scientific conference or customer site
    • Supervise direct reports, 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 across multiple disciplines with broad laboratory skills to execute complex bench experiments using variety of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical and general laboratory techniques as directed. 
    • Manages complex projects; develops and implements new strategies or novel solutions.
    • Analyzes raw data, organizes and reports results; plans next steps and directs/manages implementation.
    • Develops creative solutions for complex problems, drawing on extensive knowledge of science and bench 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 and higher level corporate meetings as directed.
    • Prepares assessments of new technologies for review by higher management, assists with guiding the direction of research activities and new product development.
    • Directs preparation of technical reports or user manuals for internal/external use.
    • Files invention disclosures and writes patent applications and manuscripts for publication.
    • Provides, on 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.
    • 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.
    • Represents IDT at scientific conference and trade shows, prepares and presents scientific posters and/or podium presentations.
    • Prepares for interaction with top level executive management including presenting data or analyses of scientific materials and/or patents.
    • Assists IDT sales reps with field visits to key customers as needed.
    • Uses radioactive materials and autoradiography, on occasion, during the course of experimental work.
    • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.



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

    Professional Experience

    • Knowledge and bench level experiences in NGS applications required
    • Prior experience in leading NGS product development required
    • Prior managerial experience is required
    • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
    • Familiarity with DNA analysis/bioinformatics applications required.
    • Previous experience with public speaking required.
    • Experience in leading multi-functional project teams is preferred
    • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals preferred.
    • Previous experience with writing and prosecuting patent applications 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.
    • Expert in a field or specific area of science/biotechnology relevant to IDT research and product development.  Recognized for expertise within said field throughout the company as the “go to” person.

    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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