Product Development & Systems Integration Scientist (Illumina DNA Sequencing Technologies)

Job Location
Chesterford Research park
United Kingdom
Industry leading package

Company equity

Annual bonus scheme

Private medical care

Share purchase scheme

10% pension

25 days annual leave

Job Description

Illumina currently has an opportunity for a Research Associate to join a dynamic, team-oriented workplace and help create genomic analysis products used at the forefront of research into disease association and personalized medicine. The successful candidate position will perform genome sequencing and data analysis on various Illumina platforms and will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver projects as part of the Consumables Product Development group.


As an Integration Scientist at Illumina you will work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment.  You will participate in the development of high quality, robust products through the integration of hardware, software and chemistry components.  You will also design and execute test plans and optimize systems product performance.  This position will require working as a part of multidisciplinary team developing state-of- the-art technology



Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on testing and integration of DNA sequencing systems - hardware, firmware, software, chemistry/reagents and application components.
  • Work in a team in order to troubleshoot and diagnose faults in instrumentation ranging from fluidic to computer hardware issues and optics
  • Execute test plans to validate product performance
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of Illumina's DNA sequencing systems, testing of new equipment and reagents.
  • Data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results
  • Sample preparation and reagent preparation 


This role would suit a candidate who has a background working across a number of technologies and disciplines, as opposed to specialist knowledge, and who enjoys the varied and multi-disciplinary nature that Illumina can offer.


Education and Experience:

  • PhD in a scientific discipline is required; experience in the field of sequencing would be desired. 
  • A successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to work independently on projects and strive to meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience writing and executing test plans to validate systems based products performance and robustness is essential. 
  • A broad scientific knowledge (instrumentation, optics, chemistry, molecular biology, software etc). Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and be hands-on.
  • Must be detail oriented and highly motivated to be a part of a fast paced, multidisciplinary and dynamic environment.
  • Solid communication and writing skills required
How to Apply

Interested parties should log into Illumina’s career pages and use the reference 2273BR

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.
lllumina has experienced phenomenal growth from $10 million in revenues in 2002 to over $1.4 billion in 2013. 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 August 2014, the company had a $24 billion market capitalization.

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