Automation Engineer I

Integrated DNA Technologies


IDT is the leading manufacturer of custom oligonucleotides and proprietary technologies for genomics applications. Our work is complex and cutting-edge, and our team members are curious, creative thinkers who understand that good data drives smart decisions. At IDT, we realize that although science may be uniform, people are unique. We promote a culture where engaged people are motivated and have opportunities to achieve their full potential, as part of one global team.

IDT is proud to work alongside a community of nine fellow Danaher Life Sciences companies. Together, we’re pioneering the future of science and medicine, developing products that enable researchers in the fight to save lives.

Automation Engineer I

Reports to: Manager of Automation Development

Employment Status: Exempt

Location: Coralville

Division: Platform Development

Group: Automation Development

Purpose statement:

The Automation Engineer I 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 handling processes.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists with the design and implements integrated, automated solutions within IDT systems

  • Develops application specific protocols for liquid handlers and other instrumentation

  • Performs basic 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.

  • Researches and provides recommendations for 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, related field, or Associate's degree with equivalent experience

Professional Experience:

  • Experience in instrument integration and automation required

  • Lab experience using liquid handlers and other automated lab equipment required

  • Programming experience of Hamilton and/or other liquid handling platforms preferred

  • Experience using Microsoft Excel required

  • Programming experience in an object-oriented and/or scripting language preferred

  • Data analysis or statistics experience preferred

  • Experience with JMP data analysis preferred

Other Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working in a team-oriented environment required.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work non-standard hours as required to provide automation support

  • Adaptability to performing under stress when confronted with emergent, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or situation in which working speed and sustained attention are make-or-break aspects of the job.

  • Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of styles and techniques appropriate to the audience

  • 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.

  • Skill of report writing.

  • Ability to meet deadlines

  • Ability of self-motivation.

  • Knowledge of SILA standards

Physical Requirements:

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

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.

What We Offer: 

  • Generous Paid Time Off Accruals

  • 16 Hours PAID Volunteer Time Off

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • Up to eight (8) weeks of 100% paid parental leave to eligible U.S. associates

  • 401(k) with Company Match

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Options

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) conducts drug screens and background checks on applicants who accept employment offers.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 68,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

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Job ID: 73600

Posted 12 days ago

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