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Danaher Corporation Chemistry R&D Intern in Coralville, Iowa

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.

Job Title: Chemistry R&D Intern

Location: Coralville, IA

Shift: Days (Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm) - 6 month maximum duration

Purpose Statement:

Works closely with fellow organic chemists and the Director of Chemical Synthesis & Quantification to research, develop, and present new and existing processes in the field of oligonucleotide chemistry and/or biology for Integrated DNA Technologies.

Job Specific Essential Functions:

  • Works independently in a chemistry lab

  • Analyzes data from HPLC, TLC, Mass Spectroscopy and NMR (Proton and Phosphorous)

  • Measures and handles materials safely and accurately

  • Presents data in a clear and accurate manner

  • Develops new ideas and processes

  • Collaborates and participates in a group setting

  • Complies to regulations and protocols

  • Conducts his/herself in a professional manner

  • Set-up reactions and reactors in a safe manner

Department/Group Essential Functions:

  • Documents accurately

  • Adjusts schedule to accommodate work demands

  • Performs duties as assigned by management

  • Responds well to supervision


  • H.S. diploma or GED - required

  • College-level Organic Chemistry classes - required

  • B.S. in Chemistry or Biology - preferred

  • Graduate-level Organic Chemistry classes - preferred

Professional Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school - required

  • PhD candidacy - preferred

Required Skills

  • Basic computer skills – required

  • Organic Chemistry Lab experience –required

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 80,000 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 (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

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