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Staff Scientist

Illumina, Inc.
San Diego, CA 92101
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What if the work you did every day could impact the lives of people you know? Or all of humanity?

At Illumina, we are expanding access to genomic technology to realize health equity for billions of people around the world. Our efforts enable life-changing discoveries that are transforming human health through the early detection and diagnosis of diseases and new treatment options for patients.

Working at Illumina means being part of something bigger than yourself. Every person, in every role, has the opportunity to make a difference. Surrounded by extraordinary people, inspiring leaders, and world-changing projects, you will do more and become more than you ever thought possible.

We are seeking a brilliant Staff Scientist to join the Consumables and Assay Development (CAD) team to lead characterization of critical reagents for on-market and proprietary microarray and sequencing platforms using biophysical techniques, biochemical assays, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. As a Staff Scientist, you are a technical expert working, within multi-disciplinary teams, as well as a collaborative team leader who will manage and mentor junior level scientists and research associates.


  • Direct the Development process to generate new and innovative products using the company's core technologies in a fast-paced environment
  • Lead cross-functional and cross-site development projects/subprojects and guide technical team to develop products aligning with roadmaps whilst making effective cost benefit tradeoffs
  • Guide and Mentor junior level scientists, delegating as appropriate to enable growth of the team
  • Manage goals and resources within defined target timeframes, and make decisions regarding priorities, goals, and progress of project
  • Own risk and critical parameter management and lead mitigation planning for an area of responsibility
  • Improve and introduce new biophysical techniques; optimizing products to achieve and exceed product requirements for stability, robustness, and performance.
  • Be accountable for the development of new analysis methods and workflows with responsibility for ensuring integration of chemistry with hardware and instrumentation.
  • Identify new opportunities for innovative products using the company's core technologies
  • Write reports and present results, project updates and troubleshooting assessments at all levels to enable informed business decisions

Required Skills and Experience:

  • PhD and 6+ years industrial experience in a scientific discipline or commercial environment is required
  • Proven track record of technical leadership
  • Sound understanding and working experience of biophysical techniques
  • Ability to translate corporate goals into executable R&D plans while understanding technical risks, mitigations, and alternatives
  • Strong background in the chemistry and biochemistry associated with sequencing or related technologies
  • Highly motivated, detailed individual with the proven ability to think innovatively toward solving technical problems effectively and efficiently
  • Able to work effectively under pressure to meet scheduled deadlines and handle multiple activities simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills required to clearly explain complex issues, project progress and technical roadmaps to a variety of audiences across functions and levels
  • Proven data analysis and statistical interpretation skills of complex data sets
  • Willingness to learn new systems/methods/techniques

Preferred Skills and Expertise:

  • Understanding of product development, including assay optimization and reagent development
  • Integration, testing and transfer to production and documentation a plus
  • Experience with next generation sequencing, and in-depth understanding of ILMN sequencing at molecular level is an advantage
  • Experience with Design of Experiment (DOE) methodologies (i.e., JMP, Design Expert, etc.) desirable
  • Data analysis of large and complex data sets with programming / scripting abilities for streamlining data interpretation pipelines a plus
  • Experience of innovation through drafting patent applications desirable

Keywords: Biochemistry, Enzyme Characterization, Bio-Physical Analysis (BA), Troubleshooting, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), NGS Reagents, Critical Parameter Management, Formulation Development, Lyophilization, Processing DNA, PCR, Genomics, Genome, Statistical Analysis, Gel Analysis, , HPLC, LC-MS, Mass Spectrometry, Assay Development, Design Control, Verification and Validation (V&V), Design of Experiment (DOE), CAPA, Risk Management, Change Management, Mentorship

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. 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. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact accommodations@illumina.com. To learn more, visit: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

Posted: 2022-06-17 Expires: 2022-07-16
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