Associate Bioinformatics Scientist

Job Location
Illumina Cambridge Ltd
Chesterford Research Park
Little Chesterford
CB10 1XL
United Kingdom

Company equity

Annual bonus scheme

10% pension

Private healthcare

Share purchase scheme

Job Description

Associate Bioinformatics Scientist

Permanent/Full time – based in Cambridgeshire


Illumina is the leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation, function and disease.


We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a bioinformatician to join the team working on the 100,000 genome project.  This ambitious project is the largest ever study of the underlying genetic causes of cancers and rare diseases and will characterise the genomes of NHS patients and their families to increase understanding of how these diseases occur (read this BBC news article on the 100,000 genome project for more information). Illumina is the company that has been chosen to sequence all of the samples collected and identify the differences in the patients’ genomes that could potentially be the source of their disease.


As a Bioinformatics scientist you will play a key role in this collaboration by executing and maintaining robust tools to support the core production analysis infrastructure. This is an entry-level position with the potential to acquire skills in a broad range of computing technologies.  We are seeking an exceptional individual who shows good attention to detail and enjoys working in a highly collaborative and fast paced environment.


Your responsibilities may include:

  • Working in the production analysis group to understand and deliver large volumes of high quality data;
  • Executing well-defined analysis workflows, with the scope to improve or automate them;
  • Use and maintain core analysis infrastructure, web reporting and documentation;
  • Writing or preparing prototype code for deployment in a production environment.


This is a rare opportunity to join the global leader in Next Generation DNA Sequencing and develop your career within bioinformatics and genomic data analysis.  Illumina offer some of the best working conditions, training opportunities and remuneration packages in the industry - not to be missed!


Personal Attributes

We seek demonstrated accomplishment in all of the following essential skills:

  • A bright, enthusiastic attitude with the ability to implement practical solutions
  • Confident in a Linux environment
  • Practical experience with Python / Perl scripting languages
  • Ability to deliver within fixed deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to learn quickly on the job
  • Have an interest in understanding biology and disease


Any experience in the following technologies would be advantageous:

  • Relational databases and database API technologies such as ORM.
  • High-performance computing environments using SGE, LSF or Amazon EC2
  • Software engineering productivity tools like version control and issue tracking



Degree or Masters in computer science, software engineering or bioinformatics

How to Apply

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About Our Organization

About Illumina:

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of next generation life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and biological function. These systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of personalized medicine. With the innovative advances in our sequencing technologies, we are rapidly impacting the clinical market in areas such as reproductive health and oncology. The expanding Illumina oncology portfolio of next- generation sequencing NGS and microarray technologies is revolutionizing cancer genomics research. Our customers include a broad range of academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other leading institutions around the globe.
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