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.

Job Title: Automation Controls Engineer

Employment Status: Full-Time

Location: Coralville

Purpose statement:

The Automation Controls Engineer are responsible for the design, development and upgrade of machine controls for a diverse array of custom DNA manufacturing equipment in a high throughput biology manufacturing environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Researches, plans, specifies and designs machine controls, data collection and process control hardware and firmware to support DNA production and research activities.

  • Works with project teams to development, design and test laboratory automation equipment from concept to product delivery. Products include combinations of pneumatic, liquid handling and mechanical systems, actuators, sensors, vison and robotic systems controlled by PLC’s, analog, digital and/or industrial control systems.

  • Works closely with customers and product development teams to identify and document testable design requirements.

  • Develops electrical and computer system designs including the following: SCADA systems, Electrical schematics, panel layouts, and product bill of materials. These would be documented in CAD or CAD Electrical.

  • Programs PLC’s and HMI’s, develops and standardizes machine controls systems, software modules, electrical and internet systems interfaces.

  • Controls and maintains department electrical and safety design standards such as CE Compliance, risk assessments and relevant sections of the NEC, OSHA, EPA and NFPA codes.

  • Works in the lab to assemble, test and optimize prototype design work.

  • Works closely and in conjunction with Instrument Integration engineers to develop efficient product integrations with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and engineering databases.  

  • Develops and adapts safety and quality systems for new and existing software.

  • Participates in periodic project reviews to keep projects on track and provides reports to managers

  • Contributes proactively to the project planning and scheduling. Works with project managers, consultants and management to achieve on-time product deliveries.

  • Verifies and validates electrical and software designs meet performance requirements.

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

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or other STEM fields required; Advanced degree preferred

  • Senior level Engineer with minimum of five or more years of electrical engineering and software development experience in industrial or laboratory automation required. 

Professional Experience:

  • In-depth understanding of computer software, databases and programming required.

  • Proficiency in automation equipment/system design prototyping testing and troubleshooting required.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with software writing tools, version controls and other modern engineering software applications including proficiency with PLC programming required.

  • Experience with Beckhoff TwinCat/EtherCat or similar control systems preferred.

Other Job Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills; promotes and participates in project collaboration.

  • Highly organized with the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong programming abilities.

  • Experience in PC board design and specification, control system layout and packaging.

  • Adaptability to perform under stress when confronted with 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.

Travel Requirements:

Seldom (Up to 5%)

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.

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

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

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 tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve.  Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

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We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

Iowa City, Iowa

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