Senior Staff Engineer – Medical Dx Product Development

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

Illumin 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.

Provide mechanical engineering support as part of a multi-disciplinary product development team responsible for the design of integrated systems for genetic analysis, with a focus on development of disposable devices and consumables. Strong interest in early stage design, innovation, and identification of existing technologies that can be integrated to achieve new functionality.


  • Design, analyze, assemble and qualify complex high-volume disposable devices and consumables, both in prototype quantities and in support of pilot and full-scale manufacturing 
  • Drive requirements definition and negotiation for disposable/consumable products, in conjunction with cross-disciplinary project teams that include Marketing, Chemistry, Human Factors, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance
  • Provide technical leadership to project teams
  • Drive selection and qualification of critical partners for product development and manufacturing
  • Perform feasibility studies for throughput, reliability, cost, ergonomics, and product quality
  • Define specifications, critical parameters, test plans, SPC metrics and QC approaches for volume disposable devices and consumables
  • Perform analysis in support of key manufacturing decisions, including make/buy and tooling strategies




Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Systems Engineering or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • 15+ years of product development experience within an R&D or new product development in medical diagnostics, the majority of which involved development of complex high-volume products
  • Experience architecting new products for low-cost, high-volume manufacturing processes
  • Experience designing plastic parts and assemblies, and managing development of related manufacturing processes, including injection molding and bonding/joining methods
  • Experience developing products containing miniature/micro-fluidics and chemistry/assay components
  • Experience designing low-cost assemblies involving machines/mechanisms
  • Experience developing products with significant human factors considerations
  • Strong skills in Design for Manufacturing; hands-on experience with high-volume manufacturing processes is highly desired
  • Experienced in leading or contributing to a structured development process in a highly collaborative cross-disciplinary team environment
  • Experienced in managing outsourced development and manufacturing relationships



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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