Scientist - Consumables Development

Scientist – Consumables Development UK

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.


The Role


As a Scientist at Illumina in Consumables and Assay Development you will work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment and help create genomic analysis tools used in the leading edge of research. You will work with multi-disciplinary teams to create cutting edge and robust new products and assays for the next generation sequencing platforms offered by Illumina. You will participate in the development of new DNA sequencing platforms by optimizing the biophysical and biochemical assays Illumina uses to analyze and track the progress of our chemistry through the sequencer.


Responsibilities Will Include


  • Develop new products in fast-paced product development environment through cross-functional collaboration with multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, evaluate, plan, prioritize, and optimize research ideas leading to new robust assays and chemistries for next generation sequencing platforms
  • Plan and execute experimental designs and various laboratory activities with minimal instruction
  • Develop and optimize analytical methods to characterize new and existing reagents, enzymes, and processes
  • Evaluate and transfer new analytical/biophysical tools and techniques
  • Optimize reagents and processes to achieve commercial levels of stability, robustness, and performance
  • Identify new opportunities for innovative products using the company’s core technologies
  • Be both a strong individual contributor as well as a collaborative team member
  • Conduct clear and concise communication with colleagues and supervisors in multi-functional group settings through oral updates, written reports, and technical meetings

Listed responsibilities are essential but not an exhaustive list of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs.



Required Skills and Experience

  • PhD in biochemistry, biochemical engineering, chemical biology or related field
  • some industrial experience in a scientific discipline or engineering is preferred, which may include post-doctoral work
  • Sound understanding of the latest genomics technologies, methodologies, and practices
  • Strong data analysis skills, ability to interpret, draw conclusions, and drive decisions from complex data sets
  • Detail oriented with excellent experimental skills and laboratory practices
  • Good troubleshooting skills and strong ability to lead investigation and resolution of technical problems, and identify risks
  • Hands-on experience with various analytical/biophysical techniques used for characterization of biomolecules, small molecules, and formulated reagents
  • Ability to quickly learn new systems/methods/techniques and then train others


Preferred Background Skills and Experience


  • Understanding of next-generation sequencing technology
  • Experience with and knowledge of transition metals and redox chemistry
  • Experience of working with molecular biology reagents (particularly dNTP) an advantage
  • Experience working with and developing dried formulations
  • Experienced with Design of Experiment (DOE) methodologies (i.e., JMP, Design Expert, etc.)
  • Product development experience, including assay optimization, reagent development, integration and testing, transfer to production and documentation
  • Experience with Critical Parameter Management or Design for Six Sigma Methodology is desired


What can you expect


With Illumina you can expect a highly competitive salary accompanied by a market leading benefits package. You will be part of the global leader in the Sequencing industry where you will find robust growth opportunities and career development within Illumina.

Our team members are bright, energetic and dedicated - they are the driving force behind our innovation and impact. To attract the best and brightest, we offer a competitive employee benefits program. We view it as a smart investment in our people, one that recognizes the tremendous value they bring to our business every day. At Illumina, we push boundaries. We think beyond the conventional. We dream big. With the energy of so many bright and accomplished people, the opportunities are endless.

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