Quality Control (QC) Development Scientist

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.

Quality Control (QC) Development Scientist

Employment Status: Exempt

Grade Assignment: P1 - Developmental Science

Location: Coralville

Division: Quality Control

Department: Quality Control Development

Purpose statement:

The QC Development Scientist assists with all scientific and documentation aspects of relevant process development, improvements, and investigations in support of maintaining and improving manufacturing processes within Integrated DNA Technologies.

Essential Functions:

  • Designs and performs experimentation with assistance or as prescribed by management to improve existing or create new processes

  • Applies extensive scientific knowledge with broad laboratory skills to execute complex bench experiments using a variety of molecular biology, biochemical, and analytical techniques as directed, while maintaining GLP

  • Analyzes and interprets QC and experimental data and appropriately responds to the information on hand

  • Documents all testing via reports and/or presentations, presents data, and recommends future steps

  • Collaborates and effectively communicates with all levels of IDT staff within various departments to facilitate successful project and process outcomes, including full documentation via reports and/or presentations

  • Evaluates QC instruments and processes for areas of improvement

  • Evaluates new technology for integration into existing QC processes and recommend adoption of new technology/processes

  • Responds to internal and external customer inquiries and requests as relevant to product quality or integrity

  • Manages development or transfer of new QC processes or improvements to existing QC processes through implementation with minimal assistance. This may include investigation and implementation of new QC equipment, methods, procedures, and software.

  • Designs applications for process automation.

  • Supports QC operations at all facilities.

  • Investigates customer complaints and obtains data for customer inquiries that are relevant to QC.

  • Conducts experimentation in the synthesis, characterization, and/or functional integrity of oligonucleotides or Raw Materials.

  • Prioritizes work and completes projects in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Drives change for QC at all IDT locations.

  • Develops equipment and process validation plans related to QC.

  • Provides and coordinates training for end-users and support staff

  • Recommends testing for manufacturing-related NCRs and CAPAs

  • Adheres to all departmental protocols, rules, and safety regulations and understand the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and ISO 14001

  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in a scientific field required; Advanced degree or 2 years of IDT or equivalent experience strongly preferred

  • Understanding of ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 required

Professional Experience:

  • PCR experience preferred, but not required

  • Sequencing experience preferred, but not required

  • Minimum of three years of experience working with relevant QC techniques required

  • Manual dexterity and technical proficiency with pipetting required

  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required

  • Awareness of principles of Lean and Six Sigma preferred

  • Experience with statistical analysis and design of experiments preferred

  • Experience in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for enrichment, library construction, and sequencing strongly preferred

  • Analytical instrumentation experience (liquid chromatography, spectrophotometers) preferred

Other Job Qualifications

  • Ability to maintain a high degree of mechanical aptitude

  • 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.

  • 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 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10-15 lbs. of force frequently

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

Are you ready to join an innovative, fast-paced, new team? Apply Now!

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: 73447

Posted 14 days ago

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