Product Development Scientist (Assay) - 10098-JOB

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
CB21 5XE
United Kingdom
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.

Illumina reproductive and genomics solutions use next-generation sequencing (NGS) and advanced microarray technologies to produce fast, accurate genomic information in clinical research and diagnostics. Combining industry-leading technologies with innovative reproductive and genetic health applications, Illumina provides the highest detection capability for genetic abnormalities during all stages of reproductive health and beyond.  Across the reproductive continuum, Illumina technologies deliver valuable tools for researchers and healthcare professionals.



Basic Function and Scope of the Position:

Illumina Reproductive & Genetic Health (RGH) is a division of Illumina which focuses on delivering powerful tools to scientists and clinicians.  Based out of our offices in Cambridgeshire, we are actively seeking a scientist to join the Product Development function and help create new genomics-based products for the reproductive and genetic health market. The successful candidate will work closely with Senior Scientists within the Assay Development Team to design and conduct experiments to develop new protocols and products. 


This exciting role would give the successful candidate the opportunity to work on number of core Illumina technologies including Next Generation Sequencing and Whole Genome Amplification technologies


Tasks and Responsibilities:

This role focuses on the development of novel products, workflows and kits that leverage Illumina’s core technologies into new applications. This is a hands-on role requiring the post holder to take direct responsibility for:


  • Experimental design (based on projects outlines given by Senior Scientists)
  • Independent execution of experiments in the laboratory
  • Data analysis
  • Presentation of results and conclusions to senior staff
  • Documentation of experimental plans and results within an ISO13485 certified Quality Management System
  • Effective collaboration with colleagues across different functional teams, sites and countries



Preferred Educational Background:                                   

  • Ph.D or equivalent in biochemistry, genomics, molecular biology or related field required.


Preferred Experiential Background:

  • Required:
    • Experience and understanding of molecular biology, genetics and genomics
    • Evidence of exceptional laboratory skills, analytical skills and attention to detail
    • First rate oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to build relationships and collaborate across varied functions


  • Desirable
    • Product development experience in a quality managed environment, ideally medical device
    • Project management experience
    • Experience with liquid handling instruments


This role would suit an early-career post-doctoral scientist who is looking for either their first move to industry or perhaps a new challenge within industrial science, and would welcome the opportunity to leverage their skills in the exciting field of Reproductive & Genetic Health.  If you feel you have the right blend of technical knowledge, communication skills, planning and self-drive for a career in Product Development, then this may be the opportunity you have been looking for.



Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunities 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.

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