Research Associate (Synthetic Chemist) - 7835BR

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
Little Chesterford
CB10 1XL
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.

Research Associate (Synthetic Chemist)
Permanent/Full Time, Cambridgeshire
Competitive remuneration package which includes annual bonus scheme, generous pension, company share purchase scheme and fitness club membership.
Are you an academically strong chemist who wants to work on synthesis problems that have real-world impact in human health and bio-research?
Illumina develops 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 graduate-MSc qualified Synthetic Chemist to join our research chemistry team at Illumina Cambridge. You will work along with PhD scientists and play a crucial role in the designing and development of novel synthetic nucleotides and dyes that underpin the key chemistries used in Illumina’s SBS technology. 
To work as part of the Research chemistry team:
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
Perform various synthetic chemistry with minimal supervision.
Provide support on synthesis experiments to senior scientists within the chemistry group
Purify material by various chromatography methods.
Analyze and fully characterize isolated products.
Record and document synthetic procedures, analysis and results in detail and timely manner.
Present results and data regularly at team and extended team meetings.
Assist and support routinely in the equipment and lab maintenance.
Education, Experience & Attributes required:
MSc or equivalent in chemistry subject.
Experience as an organic chemist with strong practical synthetic skills.
Good knowledge of modern analytical methods (HPLC, Mass Spec and NMR).
Experience in industry is preferred, but not essential.
Excellent team player with an ability to work closely multidisciplinary teams
Self-motivated with excellent organization skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Illumina offers an industry leading remuneration package, state of the art facilities and an innovative, fast-moving work environment.  Please note that this is a non-post doctoral role meant for BSc and MSc qualified candidates only.
Interested parties would need to apply via our careers website and use the reference 7835BR.



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