Data Scientist / Algorithm Developer (Bioinformatics)

Job Location
United Kingdom
Industry leading remuneration package which would include company equity, annual bonus scheme, 10% pension contribution, private healthcare, gym membership, share purchase scheme and more!

Company Equity

Annual bonus scheme

25 days annual leave

10% pension

Share purchase scheme

Private medical care

Job Description

Illumina are seeking a Bioinformatics Scientist / Data Analyst to join the multi-disciplinary computational biology team. This is research oriented role focused on the analysis of Illumina’s DNA sequencing technology. The role will require the successful candidate to analyse data from existing and emerging technologies, interpret the results and communicate them effectively.


This role will focus on the analysis and interpretation of NGS data proving support to a range of technology development teams. The type of projects a successful candidate could support is variant calling development projects, analysing data from novel technologies and prototyping new analysis methods.


Potential projects that these types of roles often cover are

  • Analysis of large datasets such as gold standard datasets and population analysis
  • Novel Algorithm Development (variant calling, alignment, graph assemblies, de novo callers etc)
  • Analysis of metrics for existing sequencing instruments and new technologies


We are seeking exceptional individuals who enjoy working in a highly collaborative and fast paced R&D environment. They should be confident working both individually and in project teams, and have a strong background in analysing NGS data, leading to rigorous interpretation of data. 


Key Requirements:


  • Applied analysis of sequencing data and/or modelling of physical, chemical or abstract systems
  • Proficiency in using Python or R for data analysis
  • Ability to work in both independently or as part of a team
  • Able to prioritize tasks and work concurrently on multiple projects
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills 




  • Familiarity with Linux / HPC environments (shell scripting, job queueing systems)
  • Experience in C, C++ or C#
  • Knowledge of software engineering best-practices
  • Practical experience in working with NGS datasets



Masters or PhD in statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics or equivalent.



This role would suit candidates that have a solid background in statistics and data analysis that would like to apply their skill set to product development within the field of genomics.  This is a highly applied role which would involve working on real-world data sets that have a direct impact on the development of Illumina’s core technologies.

How to Apply

Interested parties can apply via Illumina’s career website using the reference 3989BR:

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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