Staff Scientist, Process Optimisation (Illumina RGH)

Job Location
Capital Park
Cambridge, UK
United Kingdom
Industry leading package

company equity, annual bonus scheme, 10% pension, private medical care, 28 days holiday and more!

Job Description

Staff Scientist, Process Optimisation (Illumina RGH)
Permanent / Full time, Cambridgeshire
Competitive remuneration package which would include company equity, annual bonus scheme, private medical cover, 10% pension scheme and more!



Illumina RGH (Reproductive & Genetic Health) have an exciting opportunity to join their growing facility in Cambridgeshire!


The Team:

Illumina RGH Fulbourn is composed of over 60 employees who include scientists, software developers, informaticians, product managers, production staff, quality assurance professionals and logistics specialists.  Working in an open plan office with well-equipped research laboratories and a newly expanded production facility, the site forms the core facility for RGH in Europe.

About the role:
The role-holder leads and manages projects, resources and staff to characterize, improve and engineer the technical processes supporting the product lines of the RGH business unit. They are a creative and innovative molecular biologist who collaborates energetically with global teams, including development, life cycle management, marketing, and QA to implement best practice and deliver significant process improvements against tight deadlines.


Tasks and Responsibilities:


  • Characterize, improve and mature the microarray manufacturing processes of the RGH business unit, delivering significant improvements in process yields and stability
  • Lead, manage and develop a cross-functional team.
  • Establish and maintain highly collaborative relationships with internal partners and stakeholders to lever knowledge, experience and resources from a wide range of functions.
  • Operate a hands-on approach to investigation and problem-solving, executing complex molecular biology protocols and analyses.
  • Proactively plan and prioritize team workload, and manage related stakeholders.
  • Make data- and judgement-led decisions to successfully complete phase-gated projects.
  • Builds relationships with customers to understand market requirements and translate them into technical processes.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join Illumina RGH at an exciting period of growth and development.  With an expanding product portfolio, and increasing sales volumes, Illumina RGH is now poised for significant expansion.  If you feel you have both the technical and project management skills to take on this exciting opportunity then please apply using the link below.


Preferred Experiential Background:

  • Exceptional molecular biology bench and analytical skills.
  • Expert level of creativity, initiative, independent thought, and collaborative ability.
  • Hands on experience in project delivery and management in industrial environments.
  • Bioinformatics scripting skills advantageous.
  • Whilst molecular biology expertise are core to the role, experience of manufacturing process engineering is beneficial.
About Our Organization

About Illumina (parent company):

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of next generation life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and biological function. These systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of personalized medicine. With the innovative advances in our sequencing technologies, we are rapidly impacting the clinical market in areas such as reproductive health and oncology. Our customers include a broad range of academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other leading institutions around the globe.
About Illumina RGH:

Illumina RGH spearheads the drive to bring the power of genomics to the clinical, diagnostics and medical device markets to improve human reproductive and genetic health. RGH was formed at the end of 2013 as a separate Illumina business unit to aggregate technologies and products focused on these markets.  The RGH site in Fulbourn, near Cambridge, is the main centre for RGH in Europe and houses our Product Development and Marketing teams with a strong focus on the development of PGD, PGS and cytogenetics technologies, and a production facility for the flagship product 24sure.

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