Associate Scientist 1 – Reagents & Consumables - 5567BR

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
San Diego, CA 92122
Job Description

Why is one person more likely to develop a disease, like cancer, than someone else? Why would one person respond differently to treatment than another? Illumina’s technologies are helping researchers and clinicians around the world answer these questions and others, on a scale not even possible a few years ago.

Illumina is the only life sciences company developing genome-wide technologies for genotyping, gene expression and sequencing—the three cornerstones of modern genetic analysis. By enabling studies of thousands of patient samples at once, our products set genetic discovery on fast forward. And we’re just getting started.

As an Associate Scientist at Illumina in Reagents and Consumables Product Development you will work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment and help create genomic analysis tools used in the leading edge of research. You will work with multi-disciplinary teams to create cutting-edge and robust new products and assays for the next generation sequencing platforms offered by Illumina. You will participate in the development of high-throughput assays, establishment of new processes, optimization of assay biochemistry, and reporting of progress.


  • Develop new products in fast-paced, high-tech product development environment. Identify, evaluate, plan, and optimize research ideas leading to robust new assays and chemistries for next generation sequencing based on Illumina’s proprietary technologies
  • Explore new technologies and identify creative solutions to overcome current limitations
  • Identify new opportunities for innovative products using the company’s core technologies
  • Design, implement, analyze and present experiments to demonstrate feasibility of new methods and efficiently move products through pipeline
  • Optimize assay conditions to achieve commercial levels of stability, robustness, and performance
  • Create scalable infrastructure to support release of developed products
  • Be both a strong individual contributor as well as a collaborative team member. Conduct clear and concise communication with colleagues (cross-functional) and supervisors through oral updates, written reports and technical meetings

Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, or related scientific field
  • 6-8 years’ industrial experience with instrumentation involving nucleic acid RNA/DNA
  • Knowledge of technology development in a fast paced biotech environment
  • Detail oriented with excellent laboratory, experimental, computational skills
  • Technically sound; able to show potential for technical proficiency and scientific creativity
  • Sound understanding of the latest genomics technologies, methodologies, and practices across the industry
  • Strong data analysis skills, ability to interpret and draw conclusions from vast amounts of data
  • Familiar with preparation and analytical methods associated with sequencing library creation
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience with next-generation sequencing
  • Product development experience, including assay optimization, reagent development, integration and testing, transfer to production and documentation
  • Experience with Design of Experiment (DOE) methodologies and statistical methods for large dataset analysis (i.e., JMP, etc.)
  • Experience with R, Linux
  • Experience with biophysical measurement techniques

Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information.

About Illumina
Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. If that inspires you, let’s talk. Having built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, we’ve established ourselves as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies. Our people and our technology change lives by driving advancements in life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging markets. We are deeply passionate about what we do, because we know that our work has the power to improve lives.

We’re an established company with a track record of phenomenal growth. Our revenue grew from $10 million in 2002 to approximately $2.2 billion in 2015. Our growth isn’t just revenue; we’ve been hiring the best and the brightest. That’s why MIT ranked Illumina near the top of its World’s Smartest Companies list three years running, including #1 in 2014. If you thrive in a brilliant, fast-paced, and mission-driven environment, Illumina is the place for you – imagine the possibilities.

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