Research Scientist Intern

Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc - Coralville, IA3.2

The Research Scientist Intern, under supervision of an experienced Scientist, conducts bench scientific experimentation that advances the basic science of nucleic acids and nucleic acid biochemistry and assists with development and characterization of new IDT genomics products in NGS, qPCR and/or functional genomics. Ultimately, the intern should be able to apply practical, “real world” knowledge gained through this program into a possible future career in Research.


Essential Functions:
Works on functional genomics technologies, including CRISPR, RNAi, and Antisense
Applies knowledge of basic science and employs solid laboratory skills to assist with bench experiments using variety of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical and general laboratory techniques as directed.
Works with staff scientists to plan experimental details required for execution of assigned work.
Provides assistance in analyzing raw data, reporting results and planning the next experiments.
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.
Provides support in keeping the laboratory equipment, benches and materials clean.
Interacts with and assists other members of the R&D team as needed to meet research objectives.
Assists in presenting information at group meetings as directed.
Practices good laboratory safety.
Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Pursuing a Bachelor’s or advanced degree (in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry or a related life sciences field) with relevant lab experience associated with completed course work required.

Professional Experience:
Prior experience in basic biology or biochemistry-related laboratory techniques required.
Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Other Job Qualifications:
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.
Ability to maintain both a high standard of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers.
Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.
Ability to perform repetitive work or to perform continuously the same work, according to set procedures sequence or pace.

Physical Requirements:
Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently

Constant (67-100% of work day)

Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
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.
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.