Job Location
United Kingdom

Company equity

Private healthcare

10% pension

Annual bonus scheme

Gym membership

Job Description

Bioinformatics Scientist

Permanent/Full time – based in Cambridgeshire


Industry leading package includes equity, annual bonus, 10% pension, gym membership, private healthcare and more!


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 delivering the Bioinformatics analysis. 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.
  • Adhering to the ISO:15189:2012 Quality Management System

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 areas 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
  • Working under a Quality Management System
  • Experience of NGS bioinformatics analysis



Degree or Masters in computer science, bioinformatics, genetics

How to Apply

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!


If you are interested please log onto our careers website and use the reference 6870BR

About Our Organization

All About Us

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. 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 $2.4 billion in 2016. Our growth isn’t just revenue, we’ve been hiring the best and the brightest. Perhaps that’s why MIT has ranked Illumina near the top of its “World’s Smartest Companies” list each of the last three years. 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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