Senior Bioinformatics Scientist (Python/Linux/Genome Interpretation/Research)- Cambridge - UK - Medical Genomics Research Group

Why is one person more likely to develop cancer than another? How can we accurately diagnose cancer subtypes? What is the most effective treatment for each patient? How can we identify the causal variants in rare genetic disease? Illumina’s technologies are helping researchers and clinicians around the world to answer these questions and others, on a scale not considered possible a few years ago.

Why You  

As part of the Medical Genomics Research group, you will work with collaborators and customers on the clinical adoption and implementation of illumina’s analysis and interpretation software. Our goal is to demonstrate what is possible! We aim to get the benefits of sequencing into the hands of clinicians and make a difference to patient care. We listen to the feedback of our collaborators and communicate it to the software teams who are building the next generation of tools.

If you want to push boundaries of technology to show the world what is possible, if you enjoy running projects nobody has done before, if you want to use your skills to help improve the lives of patients, Illumina is the place for you. You will join a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration, and openness in a brilliant, fast-paced, mission-driven environment.

The role

We are seeking an experienced Senior Bioinformatics Scientist who ideally comes from a Science background with strong coding experience, and an appetite for Research that is applied to the industry. You will analyse clinical samples from external collaborations, to define best practices and participate in developing innovative methods that transform sequencing results into discoveries and clinical insights that may improve patient care.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Become an expert user. Use your bioinformatics skills to support Illumina’s analysis and interpretation software on collaborations in the UK and Europe. Use critical thinking to solve a wide range of problems.
  • Build the next big thing. Work in cross-functional teams across Illumina to convert customer requests into detailed requirements; work with software engineering teams on their implementation and release. Prototype novel solutions.
  • Communicate. Externally to understand what the collaborator needs, show what can be done and manage expectations for what can’t. Internally to bridge between bioinformatics and software development
  • Developing and improving prototypes for clinical reports and biomarker detection
  • Identifying opportunities to improve the bioinformatics user experience and implement solutions

Preferred background, skills, and experience:

  • Good working knowledge of bioinformatics and python, comfortable with shell scripting and HPC, familiarity with git
  • Understanding of software development process, writing requirements, change management
  • Scientific thinking, problem-solving, ability to learn on the job
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as a part of a team
  • Experience with Illumina’s software and sequencing data would be an advantage
  • Background in oncology, rare disease, or experience analysing clinical samples would be an advantage
  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Genetics, Genomics, Biotechnology or M.Sc. with equivalent experience

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 recognises 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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