Research Director, Next Generation DNA Sequencing Biochemistries & Consumables Development

Illumina Inc
Job Location
Cambridge, UK
United Kingdom
Highly competitive remuneration package to include company equity, annual bonus scheme, private healthcare and more

Generous equity award

Annual equity grants

10% pension

Private healthcare

25 days annual leave

Job Description

Research Director, Next Generation DNA Sequencing Biochemistries & Consumables Development


Permanent/Full time (Cambridgeshire, UK)

Highly competitive remuneration package to include company equity, annual bonus scheme, private healthcare and more


Illumina is seeking to appoint a Director with vision and experience to lead a team focused on developing and commercializing the sequencing biochemistries and consumables that power Illumina sequencing platforms such as HiSeq, MiSeq, NextSeq and MiniSeq. The successful candidate will combine impressive technical leadership, excellence in people management and commitment to the highest standards of program execution. They will have the ability to operate successfully, across time zones, within a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary Product Development team.

This is a rare opportunity to take a leadership role within the team of Scientists and Engineers that drive the development of the World’s leading sequencing technology. The role will be based in Chesterford, UK, and will report to the VP of Platform Assays and Reagents.


Key Deliverables:

  • Provide Technical Leadership & direction for a multi-site team developing new Sequencing Biochemistries with breakthrough performance, ease of use, reliability and robustness.
  • Manage a global team comprising 20-30 Scientists ranging from highly experienced PhDs with management responsibilities to recently qualified graduates.
  • Assume leadership roles on interdisciplinary project teams that are developing new platforms, consumables or infrastructure.
  • Timely development of Next Generation Sequencing biochemistries, workflows, reagent kits and infrastructure within a structured product development process.
  • Establish credibility and influence with peers and senior staff across the organization using clear, concise and authoritative written and oral communications. Collaborate effectively across departments, sites and time zones, fostering a culture of trust, openness and accountability.
  • Mentor managers within the department and provide coaching to leaders within project teams from other departments. 
  • Manage departmental budgets & resource allocations and translate departmental strategies into staffing plans.  Grow and evolve the team in response to the changing needs of the organization.
  • Identify new capabilities, innovations, and technologies.  Propose initiatives to implement new capabilities and lead, monitor and evaluate their success.





  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Biophysics or a related field.



  • Proven industrial experience, ideally within companies that have a global footprint
  • Significant experience with the successful commercialization of biochemical assays and/or platforms.
  • Experience with leadership, management and development of teams of 10 or more scientists at all experience levels, ideally with a matrix management structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome complex technical challenges at the interface of biochemistry, chemistry, materials, engineering and bioinformatics.
  • Strong data analysis skills, ideally including the use of DOE methodologies and statistical methods, and a proven ability to interpret large and complex datasets.
  • Expertise in the leading the resolution of multidisciplinary technical and managerial challenges.
  • Strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology, ideally with a good understanding of genetic assay development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines and to make progress with multiple project and functional priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience in the field of Next-Generation Sequencing or Genomics may be advantageous but is not essential.
  • Experience with the development of products for regulated markets (e.g. IVD) is desirable but not essential.
How to Apply

This role would suit a candidate that is looking to join a well-resourced, forward thinking organization that it is at the cutting edge of it’s industry.  If you can combine technical credibility, leadership and strategic planning and execution then this rewarding role may be what you have been looking for.


Interested parties can register their interest via the Illumina careers website using the reference 5830BR or contact Scott Oldham at for an informal discussion.

About Our Organization

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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