Post Doctoral Research Scientist (Synthetic Chemist)

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United Kingdom
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Job Description

Post Doctoral Research Scientist (Synthetic Chemist)

Permanent/Full Time, Cambridgeshire

 Competitive remuneration package which includes annual bonus scheme, generous pension, company share purchase scheme and fitness club membership.


Illumina develop the world’s leading next generation DNA sequencing platforms (NGS) which are revolutionizing industries such as healthcare, life sciences, forensics, agro-sciences and clinical research. At the EU headquarters in Cambridgeshire our research chemistry team is at the heart of Illumina’s sequencing-by-synthesis (SBS) technology. We design and develop the synthetic nucleotides and the chemistry processes that are used on all Illumina sequencing platforms.

We are looking for a Synthetic Chemist to join our research chemistry team at Illumina Cambridge. The role will involve the design and development of the novel synthetic nucleotides and dyes that underpin the key chemistries used in Illumina’s SBS technology.


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Illumina’s continued growth.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Design optimal and highly efficient synthetic chemistry routes for target compounds.
  • Plan and execute synthetic activities independently in a highly productive manner.
  • Record and document synthetic procedures, analysis and results in detail and timely manner.
  • Provide supports to development chemists and ensure a successful product transfer into the development phase.
  • Coordinate with biochemists and evaluate the performance of target compounds.
  • Present results and data to collaborators and extended teams on a regular basis.
  • Assist and support routinely in equipment and lab maintenance.




Education, Experience & Attributes required:

  • Ph.D. in synthetic chemistry or equivalent.
  • Excellent and diverse theoretical and practical chemistry skills.
  • Excellent expertise in modern preparative chromatography methods.
  • Strong expertise in modern analytical methods (HPLC, Mass Spec and NMR).
  • Excellent team player with an ability to work closely with multidisciplinary teams
  • Self-motivated with excellent organization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in heterocyclic, dye or nucleotide chemistry is preferred but not essential.
  • Experience in industry would be preferred, but not essential.
  • Knowledge in biochemistry, enzymology or molecular biology would be preferred but not essential.
How to Apply

Illumina offers an industry leading remuneration package, state of the art facilities and an innovative, fast-moving work environment.


Interested parties would need to apply via our careers website and use the reference 7832BR.

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All About Us

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Our focus on innovation has established us as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical and applied markets. Our products are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging segments.


lllumina has experienced phenomenal growth from $10 million in revenues in 2002 to approximately $2.2 billion in 2015. Forbes named Illumina #1 on the 2009 list of 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies in the United States, the second time over a three year period that Forbes ranked Illumina #1 on its list of rapidly growing technology companies. Illumina was also named #1 smartest company in the world as part of MIT’s 2014 Technology Review. As of February 2016, the company had a $21 billion market capitalization.

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