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Danaher Corporation Technician I (Synthetic Biology) - Days 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: Technician I (Synthetic Biology)

Location: Coralville, IA

Shift: Days (Monday - Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm)

Purpose statement:

The Technician I (Synthetic Biology) assists in the upkeep of a variety of laboratory spaces and equipment as well as performs preparatory work for the shipment of IDT’s products.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs lab cleaning according to work instructions and Maintenance Connection software

  • Dispositions products and production materials appropriately using reports

  • Prepares, aliquots, and manages production reagents, using a variety of lab equipment, including pipettes

  • Prepares SYB product shipment materials for genes, gBlocks, and ultramers in a variety of formats

  • Performs routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment, including minor troubleshooting activities

  • Interprets and accurately maintains records for equipment, lab spaces, production reagents, and products

  • Adheres to safety regulations, laboratory SOPs, contamination controls, and requirements for ISO 9001 and 14001

  • Sterilizes lab equipment and waste materials, using an Autoclave

  • Recognizes when process or equipment problems arise and seeks help appropriately

  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or equivalent required

  • Associate’s degree preferred

Required Skills:

  • Basic laboratory technique skills required

  • Pipette skills required

Professional Experience/Knowledge:

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

  • Understanding of pH and MSDS required

  • Previous laboratory and chemical handling experience preferred

  • Basic understanding of sterility required; sterile technique experience preferred

Other Job Qualifications:

  • Comfort working with and around chemicals

  • Ability to act independently.

  • Ability to maintain accuracy with strict attention to detail

  • Ability to measure and handle materials in safe and accurate manner

  • Ability to use aids and work instructions effectively to perform job functions

  • Utilizes computers and a variety of custom software in a windows based environment comfortably

  • Ability to manage time, prioritize and organize workload to efficiently accomplish departmental goals

  • Ability to work in a team environment, remain attentive to ideas, recognize responsibilities, and actively participate with others to accomplish assignments and achieve desired goals.

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

  • 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.

  • Adaptability to perform repetitive work or to perform continuously the same work, according to set procedures sequence or pace.

Physical Requirements:

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

What We Offer:

  • Shift Differentials (Extra Compensation for less traditional shifts)

  • 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 69,000 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.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.