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

Job Location
United Kingdom
Industry leading package which includes equity, annual bonus scheme, 10% pension and more!

Company equity

Annual bonus scheme

25 days holiday

10% pension contribution

Life, Health and Illness Insurance

Gym membership

Subsidised genomic sequencing services

Job Description

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

Chesterford Research Park, Cambridgeshire, UK Full Time / Permanent


Competitive remuneration package which includes annual bonus scheme, 10% pension, membership to the company share purchase scheme, gym membership and more!



Do you have a broad scientific/technical background and are looking to leverage this into product development?


Are you enthused by the prospect of genomics, it’s applications, and the technology that underpins it?


Are you looking for an opportunity to work with the world leader in NGS technology?



The Role:

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 

Education and Experience:

  • PhD in a scientific discipline (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Engineering) is required
  • Experience in automating bioassays would be desirable 
  • 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 product 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 collaboration, communication and writing skills required
How to Apply

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.



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



Interested parties should log into Illumina’s career pages and use the reference 6307BR

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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 $2.2 billion in 2015. 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 three years running, including #1 in 2014. 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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