Associate Scientist 1 - Reproductive & Genomic Health Assay Dev - 7107BR

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
San Francisco, CA 94158
Job Description

Do you want to make a difference? Illumina’s mission is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. If that inspires you, let’s talk. We’ve built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, and 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. Life at Illumina is about working with teammates who 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. Just check out our investor events and presentations to learn about our financial accomplishments. Our growth isn’t just in financials, we’ve been busy hiring the best and the brightest. Perhaps that’s why MIT has ranked Illumina near the top of its World’s Smartest Companies each of the last three years. If you thrive in a brilliant, fast-paced, and mission-driven environment, Illumina is the place for you. Join the journey of a lifetime. Join Illumina.

As an Associate Scientist in the Reproductive and Genomic Health Assay Development group you will support the development of clinical assays based on our proprietary technologies. You will be part of multidisciplinary teams solving complex problems, working on integration issues and investigating new research areas.
You will be a key contributor within integrated and multidisciplinary teams developing new, and improving existing clinical assays. This role will initially be in San Francisco then will move to Foster City when Illumina opens the new campus in 2018.


  • Conduct laboratory work under general direction of supervisor
  • Recognize potential problems, understand and troubleshoot assays
  • Help plan, conduct, analyze, interpret, and report recommendations based on tested experimental results
  • Assesses information to ensure data sufficiency and completeness of results.
  • Write experimental reports, summaries and protocols for supervisors, project needs, and other teams as appropriate
  • Contribute to the overall success of the project; anticipate problems to minimize issues and work to resolve any issues to minimize impact on success of project
  • Use standard laboratory instrumentation: i.e. UV-VIS, fluorescence plate readers, thermocyclers, liquid handling robotics



  • Bachelor’s degree in in Biology or Chemistry with 4+ years' industry experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of standard molecular biology/nucleic acid-based protocols for DNA
  • Solid skills in document writing; development of reports, plans, work instructions, etc.
  • Understanding of scientific principles
  • Sound laboratory skills required
  • Ability to handle hazardous and biohazardous materials including human blood products
  • Detail-oriented, organized, ability to implement protocols and keep good notes in a lab notebook
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal



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