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Danaher Corporation Applications Scientist – NGS in Coralville, Iowa

Applications Scientist – NGS

Employment Status: Exempt

Location: Coralville

Division: Customer & Technical Services

Department: Scientific Applications Support

Purpose statement:

The Applications Scientist – NGS provides professional customer service and technical support to IDT customers regarding product design and end-use for Next-Generation Sequencing.

Essential Functions:

  • Communicates with and supports customers to provide pre- and post-sales technical support for a growing NGS product offering.

  • Troubleshoots product use and applications by using customer provided data and information, as well as IDT sales and manufacturing databases.

  • Answers all NGS-related customer inquiries received by phone, email and chat.

  • Documents all incoming and outgoing customer interactions in IDT’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database.

  • Supports other IDT service departments and Sales through consultation or escalation of product questions, customer issues, and technical inquiries as needed.

  • Handles the intake and completion of custom design requests for Next Gen Sequencing panels.

  • Resolves complaints by determining the cause of the problem, selecting and explaining the best solution to solve the problem, and expediting resolution to the customer’s satisfaction.

  • Uses available resources to formulate a timely and informed customer response; reaches out to appropriate resources as necessary if the customer concern falls outside range of expertise.

  • Presents technical information in regularly scheduled department meetings.

  • Contributes regularly to the growing database of technical information and reviews this information.

  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biology, Bioinformatics or related science field required; M.S or Ph.D. preferred.

  • Strong understanding and experience NGS workflows and platforms preferred.

  • Strong understanding and experience using NGS bioinformatics algorithms/software, extensive Python, and Galaxy experience preferred.

Professional Experience:

  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of, and practical experience in PCR and Next Generation Sequencing sample preparation workflows and troubleshooting required.

  • Experience with NGS data analysis methods, approaches and troubleshooting required.

  • Extensive understanding and experience in Next-Generation Sequencing sample preparation workflows, and the Illumina, Ion Torrent, PacBio, etc. sequencing platforms preferred.

  • Experience with cloning methods, specifically TA cloning and others preferred.

  • Experience in a customer support or customer-facing role preferred.

  • Excellent computer skills that include Microsoft Office applications and proficiency in typing required.

Other Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to analyze data, identify key issues, and solve problems using critical thinking skills.

  • Skill to critically review and accurately interpret data provided by the customer during the troubleshooting process.

  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and convey relevant scientific information.

  • Ability to search the current scientific literature for potential relevant methods and techniques to acquire the necessary information to fill technical gaps.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, to customers and colleagues.

  • Ability to multitask and adjust priorities in a quick-paced environment.

  • Ability to keep key personnel informed and up-to-date of imminent issues.

  • Ability to probe skillfully to get the facts when others are averse to providing detailed information.

  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively in a group.

  • 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.

Physical Requirements:

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

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 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

Are you ready to join an innovative, fast-paced, new team? Apply Now!

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) conducts drug screens and background checks on applicants who accept employment offers.

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