Scientist 1 – Chemistry/Materials Consumables Development

Job Location
5200 Illumina Way
San Diego, CA 92122
Competitive Base Salary + Bonus + RSU Equity
Job Description

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Our focus on innovation has established us as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical and applied markets. Our products are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging segments.

We are looking for a scientist with experience in Chemistry, Nanotechnology or Materials Science to contribute to a team within Consumables Development. Experience could be industrial or academic and could include organic/polymer/bioorganic chemistry, particle/surface modification, functional materials, biomaterials, bio-conjugation chemistry, or novel/experimental drug delivery techniques. 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 key contributor within integrated and multidisciplinary teams developing new, and improving existing nucleic acid sequencing and sample preparation technology platforms.


  • Develop new and existing material systems and application methods for Illumina’s sequencing and sample preparation platforms
  • Explore new reaction methodologies to expand the Illumina portfolio of sequencing and sample prep chemical transformations and isolation techniques
  • Modify surfaces and/or particles toward making functional materials at the biochemistry, chemistry, and/or physics interface
  • Perform in-depth analyses using techniques such as ellipsometry, DSC, TGA, FTIR, Raman, SEM, XPS, TOF-SIMS, AFM, high resolution spectroscopy and microscopy to characterize dimensions at the interface between Illumina’s surface chemistry and substrate materials
  • Teach methods developed to other scientists, engineers, research associates, of a range of experience and education levels
  • Work collaboratively with chemists, biochemists and bioinformaticians, developing new components for DNA analysis platforms
  • Present clear and concise written and oral communications to colleagues and supervisors, lead and/or participate in technical meetings, and provide recommendations based on technical results




Required Skills & Experience

  • PhD in Chemistry, Material Sciences, or a related field
  • 0-3 years’ industrial experience
  • Attained and applied a clear understanding of Chemistry at the molecular level
  • Demonstrated experience solving challenging, interdisciplinary problems at the interface of biology, chemistry and materials science
  • Developed polymer chemistry or organic chemistry reactions in the context of materials and/or biomaterials. This could include methods for bio-conjugation and cross functionalization of materials, surface modification and particle modification are also applicable
  • Used fluorescence-based methods for protein or material labeling techniques such as characterization of surface functionalization and molecular interactions
  • Characterized materials using techniques such as ellipsometry, DSC, TGA, FTIR, Raman, SEM, TEM, XPS, TOF-SIMS, AFM, or chromatographic techniques such as GC-MS and HPLC
  • Experience in programming or scripting languages is preferred. This could include a working knowledge of Unix or writing in C#, C++, Java, Matlab, R or Python



About Our Organization

About Illumina

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome.  If that inspires you, let’s talk. Having built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, we’ve 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. That’s why MIT 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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