Senior Scientist - 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 talented scientist with industry experience in Chemistry, Nanotechnology or Materials Science to contribute to a team within Consumables Development. Industry experience could include polymers, coatings, industrial/process scale materials applications, wafer-scale technology, materials engineering for biomolecule separation/isolation techniques, drug delivery, or thin films. Experience working with advanced metrology and surface characterization techniques is also a plus. Ideally, the experienced candidate will have brought products to commercialization.

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, processes and methods to pattern, coat and functionalize wafer substrates
  • 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 and the interface between Illumina’s surface chemistry and substrate materials
  • Explore adhesives and other methods for bonding functionalized materials
  • Perform and lead failure analysis
  • Teach methods developed to other scientists, engineers, research associates, of a range of experience and education levels
  • Work collaboratively with surface and polymer 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, Physical Chemistry, Material Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or related field
  • 3+ years’ industrial experience
  • Demonstrated experience solving challenging, interdisciplinary research/development problems at the interface of optics, biology, chemistry and materials science
  • Characterized materials using techniques such as ellipsometry, DSC, TGA, FTIR, Raman, SEM, TEM, XPS, TOF-SIMS, AFM, and chromatographic techniques such as GC-MS and HPLC
  • Developed polymer chemistry or organic chemistry reactions in an industrial setting as applied to materials. This could include methods for bio-conjugation and cross functionalization of materials
  • Modified surfaces (could include particles) with adhesion layers, salinization, metallic surface functionalization and techniques to analyze modified surfaces
  • Explored different material deposition techniques including but not limited to spray coating, spin coating, vapor deposition
  • Experience in programming or scripting languages (as a plus). This could include C#, C++, Java, Matlab, R or Python
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome technical challenges in a fast-paced environment within an interdisciplinary team setting



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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