Staff Scientist – Chemistry Consumables Development - 5582BR

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA 92122
Job Description

Illumina is the only life sciences company developing genome-wide technologies for genotyping, gene expression and sequencing—the three cornerstones of modern genetic analysis. By enabling studies of thousands of patient samples at once, our products set genetic discovery on fast forward. And we’re just getting started.

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, or development of biomolecule separation/isolation materials. Experience working with advanced metrology and surface characterization techniques is also a plus.

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
  • Explore adhesives and other methods for bonding functionalized materials
  • Perform and lead failure analysis
  • 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
  • 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 participate in technical meetings, and provide recommendations based on technical results


  • PhD in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, or a related scientific field
  • 7+ years’ industrial experience in developing polymer chemistry or organic chemistry reactions as applied to materials
  • Modified surfaces (could include particles) with adhesion layers, salinization, metallic surface functionalization and techniques to analyze modified surfaces
  • Demonstrated experience solving challenging, interdisciplinary research/development problems at the interface of optics, biology, chemistry and materials science
  • Explored different material deposition techniques including but not limited to spray coating, spin coating, vapor deposition
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome technical challenges in a fast-paced environment within an interdisciplinary team setting
  • Familiar with characterization of 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

Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information.

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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