Snr Product Development & Systems Integration Scientist

Job Location
Cambridge, UK
United Kingdom
Industry leading package which includes equity, annual bonus scheme, 10% pension and more!

25 days annual leave

Company Equity

Annual bonus scheme

Health, Life and Critical Illness Insurance

Gym membership

Share purchase scheme


Job Description

Snr Product Development & Systems Integration Scientist

(Illumina DNA Sequencing Technologies)

Chesterford Research Park, Cambridgeshire, UK Full Time / Permanent


Competitive remuneration package which includes annual bonus scheme, 10% pension, membership to the company share purchase scheme, gym membership and more!



Do you have a broad scientific/technical background and are looking to leverage this into product development?


Are you enthused by the prospect of genomics, it’s applications, and the technology that underpins it?


Are you looking for an opportunity to work with the world leader in NGS technology?



The role:

The Systems Integration Group work at the heart of Illumina’s innovative product development process.  The group is highly multi-disciplinary and are made up of people that thrive on troubleshooting and testing prototype hardware to really understand how far technology can be pushed.


As a Snr Integration Scientist at Illumina you will work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment taking ownership of key projects and managing the resources, including people, that assigned to it.  You will participate in the development of high quality, robust products through the integration of hardware, software and chemistry components, build robust test plans and optimize systems product performance.  This position will require working as a part of multidisciplinary team developing state-of- the-art technology, with some line management of junior members.



Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on testing and integration of DNA sequencing systems - hardware, firmware, software, chemistry/reagents and application components.
  • Working as a project leader to troubleshoot and diagnose faults in instrumentation ranging from fluidic to computer hardware issues and optics
  • Manage junior (graduate and PhD) level team members.
  • Execute test plans to validate product performance
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of Illumina's DNA sequencing systems, testing of new equipment and reagents.
  • Data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results to senior members of the technical leadership team
  • Travel to our San Diego HQ throughout the year (~4-5 visits) would be expected.

Education and Experience:

  • PhD in a scientific discipline (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Engineering) is required
  • Experience in the fields of sequencing, fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics (including electrowetting) is desirable. 
  • A successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to work independently on projects and strive to meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience writing and executing test plans to validate systems based product performance and robustness is essential. 
  • A broad scientific knowledge (instrumentation, optics, chemistry, molecular biology, software etc). Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and be hands-on.
  • Must be detail oriented and highly motivated to be a part of a fast paced, multidisciplinary and dynamic environment.
  • Solid collaboration, communication and writing skills required


This role would suit a candidate who has a background working across a number of technologies and disciplines, as opposed to specialist knowledge, and who enjoys the varied and multi-disciplinary nature that Illumina can offer.


Illumina offer an industry leading remuneration package, state of the art facilities and an innovative, fast-moving working environment.



PhD in technology-based subject

Proven experience developing novel technologies for laboratory automation or similar

Direct experience creating robust test plans

Strong data analysis skills

Experience in line managment would be useful.

How to Apply

Interested parties should log into Illumina’s career pages and use the reference 6333BR




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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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