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Danaher Corporation Research Scientist III in Iowa City, 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.

The Research Scientist III will independently conduct 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 gene editing.

This position is part of the Enzyme Evolution group in our Molecular Genetics division located in Coralville, IA.

Essential Functions:

  • Design, execute, and troubleshoot protein engineering workflows to optimize the properties of various enzymes for gene editing, qPCR and NGS applications.

  • Design and construction of diverse mutagenesis libraries in a variety of techniques.

  • Recombinant protein expression and purification using standard AKTA chromatography.

  • Characterize activity and specificity of mutant enzymes.

  • Present scientific work in internal meetings and scientific conferences.


  • Bachelor’s degree (in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry or a related life sciences field) with six or more years relevant lab experience required OR

  • Master’s degree (in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry or a related life sciences field) with four or more years relevant lab experience preferred

  • PhD degree (in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry or a related life sciences field) with one or more years relevant lab experience preferred

Professional Experience:

  • Standard molecular biology experience or protein biochemistry experience required

  • Experience with the development of genomics applications in NGS, qPCR or gene editing techniques strongly preferred.

  • Experience with protein engineering and high-throughput screening strongly preferred.

  • Experience with structural biology preferred.

  • Experience with public speaking and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals strongly preferred.

  • Extensive knowledge of IDT products and product lines preferred.

Other Job Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to multitask and maintain several projects at one time.

  • 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.

Travel Requirements

  • Occasional travel (up to 20%) is expected.

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.

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