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Coralville, Iowa Integrated DNA Technologies


Specialist (Purification - HPM)

Reports to: Manager of HPLC Platinum

Employment Status: Non-Exempt

Location: Coralville

Division: Manufacturing Operations

Department: Purifications

Group: HPLC Platinum

"Normal" Shift: Sunday - Thursday 12 pm - 9 pm
During COVID-19 Shift Precautions: 3x12 hour days 6 am - 6 pm. For 6 weeks Sunday-Tuesday and 6 weeks Wednesday-Friday.

Purpose statement:

The Specialist (Purification - HPM) position is responsible for handling products that fall outside of standard processing paths on an individual basis. This position will develop a plan and carry out necessary tasks to ensure the product meets customer expectations.

Job Specific Essential Functions:

  • Makes independent decisions regarding a product's path based on individual attributes of the product and customer requirements

  • Makes pass/fail determinations based on QC testing and customer requirements

  • Documents procedures used for each product in custom software or by other controlled methods

  • Identifies effectively, the need for documentation/process changes, process deviations, product non-conformances and other occurrences that can indicate the ineffectiveness of quality and/or manufacturing systems

  • Creates work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOP) and oligo master records (OMR) that meet customer requirements

  • Adheres to customer specifics (in a strict manner) as well as general work instructions and SOPs

  • Performs training on new procedures

  • Troubleshoots and corrects problems that may occur during daily operations

  • Collaborates with members of team, as well as management, to ensure open communication and teamwork

  • Initiates PCOs when necessary for process and instrument changes

  • Programs, uses and maintains equipment used in the departmental tasks and processes

  • Participates in the validation of equipment used and processes performed in the group

  • Investigates customer complaints and obtains data for customer inquiries

  • Participates in customer and regulatory audits, as needed

  • Assists in utilizing metrics to monitor and communicate TAT and error rate to lab and upper management

  • Adheres to all departmental protocols, rules, and safety regulations and understands the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001

  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Position Specific Essential Functions:

  • Establishes thoughtful sorting and purification decisions using controlled documents as well as auxiliary information such as oligo failure history and previous experiences.

  • Performs both hand-collection and automated HPLC purification.

  • Performs and understands the chemistry of various post-synthesis attachment chemistries.

  • Creates lab processes and purification protocols for problematic and novel modifications.

  • Identifies and investigates problems; suggests possible production improvements and solutions.

  • Completes project work consistently, based on a pre-determined schedule or as assigned by lab management.

  • Contributes to ongoing improvements to purification and processing protocols for catalog modifications and sequences with the goal of creating a high-throughput process transferrable to the Core HPLC department.


  • Associate's degree in science related field plus 2 years of applicable lab experience required

  • Bachelor's degree in science related field preferred


  • Proficiency in a variety of PC software programs with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (and an emphasis on Excel) required

Other Job Qualifications

  • Ability to fluctuate priorities throughout the workday required.

  • Ability to balance project work with production duties required

  • Ability to prioritize and organize workload to efficiently accomplish departmental goals

  • Ability to make decisions based on information not found in SOP's required.

  • Uses aids and SOPs and departmental knowledge to make decisions about the proper production path per product

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently

  • Ability to manage time and recognize responsibilities

  • Ability to communicate with peers and all levels of management

  • Ability to perform 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.

  • Ability to perform 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.

  • Ability to accept responsibility for the direction, control or planning of an activity.

  • Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.

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

Physical Requirements:

Exert 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10-15 lbs. of force 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 accurately read measurements on equipment.

  • Ability to prepare and read written documentation; use of computer.

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 .

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