Temporary Research Scientist (Medical Genomics)

Job Location
United Kingdom
Excellent rates of pay for the right candidate

Gym membership

25 days annual leave

Job Description

Temporary Research Scientist (Medical Genomics)
Chesterford Research Park, Cambridgeshire, UK

12 month contract / Full Time

Do you have experience in the areas of cancer genetics/genomics and DNA sequencing?

Do you have solid laboratory experience using molecular biology techniques?

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

As a Research Associate in the Medical Genomics Group at Illumina, you will work as part of an innovative team that is researching the clinical application of next-generation sequencing in cancer. You will carry out targeted and whole-genome sequencing experiments designed to detect the genetic variants that provide diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic information in cancer. You will work to refine applications of Illumina sequencing technology to meet with the changing needs of our external partners. You will also gather information from public sources to improve our understanding of the information that is actionable in cancer. This position will require working as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and bioinformaticians to deliver projects.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of sequencing libraries from case and control samples
  • Assessment of sequencing results to determine outcomes, identify challenges and propose improvements
  • Preparation of reports and communication to colleagues, seeking feedback for refinement of approaches
  • Presentation of results and conclusions to colleagues across the R&D team
  • Gathering actionable information in cancer from a variety of sources and population of a database with the findings
  • Maintenance of strong working relationships within a multi-disciplinary environment





Degree and PhD in the biological sciences are required




  • Proven laboratory experience in the area of life sciences.
  • Strong background in applying techniques of molecular biology.
  • Background in cancer genetics/genomics and NGS would be advantageous.
  • Experience of analysing results of sequencing experiments.
  • Familiarity with online tools and resources to assist in interpretation of variants.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in standard computer skills.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, ability to implement complex protocols.
  • Excellent lab book notation skills – must be precise and accurate.
How to Apply

This role would suit a candidate who has a background working in research laboratories (industrial or academic), with good molecular biology techniques, is passionate about using genomic information to benefit cancer patients, and is now ideally looking for an opportunity to work with a market leader in NGS technology. Illumina offer an industry leading remuneration package, state of the art facilities and an innovative, fast-moving working environment.


Interested parties should log onto the Illumina careers website and use the reference 5885BR to apply:



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