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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)

Reports to: Manager of Ultramer Processing

Employment Status: Non-Exempt

Location: Coralville

Division: Synthetic Biology & Development

Department: Synthetic Biology

Shared resource across all Synthetic Biology groups (Ultramer and Double Stranded Processing)

Shift: Monday-Friday; 7:00AM to 4:00PM

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

Constant (67%-100% of work day)

  • Using Fingers/Grasping/Feeling: writing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers or palm and perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touch.

  • Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds at normal range; ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when auscultating and percussing.

Frequent (33%-66% of work day)

  • Reaching: extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

  • Standing: maintaining an upright position.

  • Walking: moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.

  • Lifting: raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.

  • Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken work- those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

  • Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Occasional (33% or less of work day)

  • Sitting: to assume a position in which the weight is largely supported by the buttocks, usually with the body vertical and the thighs horizontal.

  • Bending: bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist and/or bending leg; bending legs at knee to come to rest or kneel.

  • Pushing/Pulling: using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward/using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

  • Climbing: stairs, stools, ramps, ladders.

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.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here ( .