Software Developer (Biotechnology/Healthcare Applications)

Job Location
Chesterford Research Park Nr Saffron Walden
CB10 1XL
United Kingdom
Industry leading package includes equity, bonus, healthcare and more!

Company Equity

Annual bonus scheme

10% pension

25 days annual leave

Gym membership

Sharre purchase scheme

Job Description

Software Developer (Biotechnology/Healthcare Applications)

Permanent/Full time


Excellent remuneration package which would include company equity, annual bonus, private healthcare and more!



Are you a talented developer with a desire to work on software that has a real-world impact?


Would you like to help clinicians and healthcare researchers use genomics to understand genetic disease?


Do you want to be working on the cutting-edge with experts across a diverse range of fields?



Illumina are the global leaders in next generation sequencing technology (NGS).  From our EMEA headquarters in Cambridgeshire we develop hardware, software and chemistries that are revolutionising human healthcare.  We have an exciting opportunity for a Software Developer to join one of the research groups within our Population and Medical Genomics function.


You will join a small group of experienced developers and data analysts who are analysing data and prototyping medical applications of genome sequencing, particularly for rare disease and cancer. We work on a variety of internal R&D projects as well as collaborating with external research groups from a diverse range of fields. We have a host of interesting and motivating problems to solve and are continually pushing to produce high quality software, more flexibly and faster!  Your ability to adapt is more important than your knowledge of biology, but sharing our common goal is vital.


Required Experience + Education

Degree in a technical/scientific subject

  • Proven experience of software development in a commercial environment (or equivalent)
  • Programming Languages
    • Python
    • One of C/C++, C#, Java
    • JavaScript (optional)
    • Experience developing on Linux/UNIX



In addition, you should have skills and experience enabling you to contribute in the following areas:


  • Big data processing and workflow management

e.g. grid/cloud computing, SQL/NoSQL, Hadoop, Elastic Search

  • Data visualisation and interpretation

e.g. JavaScript, Angular, web development

  • Code quality

e.g. OO design, Agile/Scrum, unit testing, version control


We are open to using a variety of technologies in our projects, and support the learning and adoption of new skills.

How to Apply

This is a great opportunity for a Developer who wants to work on software that promises to have real-world impact and who also enjoys a highly multidisciplinary environment.  Interested parties will need to apply via Illumina’s career pages using the reference 7559BR:

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 $2.4 billion in 2016. 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 each of the last three years. 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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