Research Director, Chemistry & Materials Science (NGS Applications)

Job Location
United Kingdom
Highly competitive package which would include a generous equity grant, 10% pension, annual bonus, 25 days annual leave and more!

Generous Equity grant

10% pension contribution

Life & critical illness insurance

Private medical insurance

Membership to the company share purchase scheme

25 days annual leave

Gym membership

Annual bonus scheme

Job Description

Research Director, Chemistry & Materials Science (Biotechnology Applications)

Full time / Permanent, Cambridge UK


Competitive remuneration package which would include a generous equity grant, annual bonus scheme, pension plan, private healthcare and more!


Illumina is seeking a Director with vision and experience to guide a highly technical Chemistry & Materials Science team within our Consumables Development department.  The team is responsible for developing and sustaining the chemical materials and related processes that power Illumina’s DNA sequencing and sample preparation platforms.  The team is also tasked with application, deposition, and characterization of molecules, compounds, and surfaces. 

As a successful candidate, you will work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment to create genomic analysis consumable devices that enable leading-edge medical research.  You will be a leader of integrated and multidisciplinary teams developing new, and improving existing nucleic acid sequencing and sample preparation technology platforms.



Preferred Educational Background:

PhD in Chemistry, Material Science, Nanotechnology, or a related field.



Preferred Experiential Background:

Competitive candidates will have 15+ years of industrial experience.  An ideal candidate will have Industrial experience in Chemistry that could include (but is not limited to) nucleic acid chemistry, surface chemistry, polymers/fluoropolymers, separation science, bio-conjugation, formulation, nanomaterials, and/or semiconductor chemistry, quality management standards / systems (e.g ISO, FDA).  Advanced understanding of metrology and surface characterization techniques, solid mathematics, statistics, and experimental design, is also a plus.


Candidates should also have demonstrated the ability to overcome technical challenges at the interface of physics, biology, chemistry and materials science in a fast-paced, environment within an interdisciplinary team setting, and possess demonstrated expertise in leading resolution of multi-disciplinary, cross-departmental technical and managerial challenges.

How to Apply

Interested parties should log into Illumina’s careers website and use the reference 5831BR to apply:

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