Process Development Biochemist

  • Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Coralville, IA
  • Oct 13, 2018

Job Description

Integrated DNA Technologies

ID 2018-4235
Job Locations US-IA-CoralvilleCategory Manufacturing Operations
# of Openings 1
Posted Date 1 day ago
Shift/Schedule M-F 40 Hour Week (United States of America)


The Process Development Biochemist is responsible for the preparation and development of biological reagent manufacturing.


Essential Functions:
  • Designs and performs experimentation with assistance or as prescribed by management to improve existing or create new processes or materials
  • Adheres to all departmental protocols, rules, and safety regulations and understand the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and ISO 14001.
  • Documents tasks and development work performed in an accurate, efficient, and appropriate manner
  • Analyzes data from various analytical instruments and biological assays
  • Determines appropriate course of action based on inputs from the production protocols and analytical data
  • Collaborates and participates in a group setting with management in a professional manner
  • Develops improvements to existing processes for the production of biological reagents to reduce cost and increase efficiency
  • Presents and discusses improvements with management
  • Writes reports, work instructions and batch records
  • Updates appropriate Documentation and software to implement developed improvements
  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management


  • Bachelor's degree in science related field (preferably in Biology or Chemistry); advanced degree preferred.

Professional Experience:
  • Molecular Biology laboratory experience required
  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office required
  • Previous experience leading process development efforts preferred

Other Job Qualifications:
  • Ability to adapt to change in the process flow or changes supported by management
  • Ability to adapt to adjust schedule in order to accommodate the demands of production of materials
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
  • Working knowledge of Biology or science
  • Knowledge of Biological Laboratory set-up
  • Ability to record and document accurately and legibly
  • Ability to handle hazardous materials in a safe manner
  • Ability to operate job related equipment including the use of basic computer programs and systems to effectively carry out the duties of the position
  • 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 20lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to a minimal amount frequently

Constant (67%-100% of work day)
  • Reaching: extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • 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 (34%-66% 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Occasional (33% or less of work day)
  • Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • 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.

Integrated DNA Technologies is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.