Production Molecular Biology Lead (Illumina technology)

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!

10% pension, company equity, private medical cover, annual bonus scheme, share purchase scheme, 25 days annual leave.

Job Description

Production Molecular Biology Lead

Full time / permanent, Cambridge/Fulbourn


Industry leading remuneration package which would include annual bonus scheme, company equity, private medical care, 10% pensions contribution and more!



Illumina Reproductive & Genetic Health (RGH):


Make a difference! Illumina RGH uses the power of genomics to understand and improve the reproductive success of humans.  Join a team of award winning scientists, software developers and informaticians (Queens Award for Enterprise) that work at the forefront of personalized medicine and diagnostics.  This is your chance to work with a company changing the way we think about human reproductive health and providing tools that may one day make inherited disease a thing of the past.


Illumina RGH’s site in Fulbourn, Cambridge serves as a R&D, marketing, software development and production facility housing over 60 people in a high tech facility.  With laboratories and production facilities on site, this is a great place to work and really feel at the heart of the biotechnology revolution.



The Team:

Illumina’s 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. The state of the art production facility in Fulbourn, Cambridge is responsible for the production of several key Illumina product lines including 24Sure, a micro array product used to improve the success rates of in vitro fertilization.


The Role:


  • Leading a team responsible for the Quality Control of manufactured microarrays, associated raw materials, third-party supplied kits and the production and QC of consumable products
  • Technical support and troubleshooting  (microarray data interpretation) for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Development and performance management of direct reports and Planning and effective utilization of available resources
  • Process improvement and quality
  • Validation of new automation and instrumentation used in production
  • Transitioning new products into manufacturing


Key Outputs:

  • Troubleshooting of technical issues to ensure product delivery using molecular biology skills
  • Maintenance of specified product performance quality standards
  • Effective validation and implementation of process improvement activities
  • Manufacture and delivery of products, on time and in full, as specified and in accordance with requirements of the production plan
  • Identify and implement efficient processes and team working practices
  • Report to key stakeholders including the Production Manager, Assay Development, Bioinformatics and Quality Leads.

The Candidate:

  • Proven experience and deep understanding in molecular biology.
  • PhD in relevant life sciences subject area beneficial but not essential.
  • Experience in working with microarray technology (DNA or RNA) both from the design, trouble shooting and data analysis perspective, would be an advantage but not essential
  • Strong communication skills – comfortable liaising with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven data analysis and synthesis skills
  • Self-motivated and disciplined – must be able to work independently and deliver results in a fast paced and reactive environment


This role would suit an industrial scientist with a strong understanding of molecular biology and its impact in a busy production environment.  Scientists with a pragmatic attitude and a desire for troubleshooting, process improvement and route cause analysis are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested parties can apply via the Illumina careers website using the reference 2407BR

About Our Organization

All About Us


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 $1.9 billion in 2014. 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 December 2014, the company had a $26 billion market capitalization.

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