Scientist 2 CDx at Illumina, Inc.

Posted in General Business 10 days ago.

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Type: Part-Time
Location: San Diego, California

Job Description:

Position Summary:

This is a unique opportunity to join a talented team of scientists at the frontiers of innovation in next-generation sequencing. As a Scientist 2 at Illumina you will work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment and help create novel molecular biology tools for the preparation of samples for analysis on Illumina platforms with applications in genetic disease. Through integration of molecular biology, sequencing chemistry and hardware components, you will participate in the development of high quality, robust new products. This position will require working as a part of multidisciplinary team developing state-of-the-art technology.


  • Lead investigations and resolve technical problems, with oversight.

  • Solve cross-functional problems in collaboration with others from those departments. Set technical performance targets for small/medium projects (considering robustness, scalability, and cost).

  • Determine experimental strategies for complex systems.

  • Own a project within technical area of expertise.

  • Plan and deliver Technical Reviews, as needed.

  • Meet formally with peers, associates, and others to review results and seek input.

  • Build agreement on strategies and take partnership-oriented action.

  • Advocate for team.

  • Make technical hiring decisions and manage technical personnel.

  • May mentor junior personnel on performance and growth opportunities.

  • Develop innovative technologies and in vitro diagnostic and companion diagnostic assays on next-generation sequencing platforms.

  • Identify, evaluate, plan, and execute analytical studies leading to new robust assays and chemistries for next generation sequencing based on Illumina’s proprietary technologies.

  • Adapt to new technologies and identify creative solutions to overcome a wide variety of limitations.

  • Participate in collaborative and diverse work environment.

  • Analyze large complex data sets.

  • Be both a strong individual contributor as well as a collaborative team member to work toward meeting aggressive timelines.

  • Write protocols and reports and present results and project assessments.

  • Interface with various departments and internal groups.


  • BSc/MS and 8+ years of experience, or PhD and 2-5 years of experience.

  • Education in Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or Biochemistry with experience in biological assay development in an academic or industrial laboratory; or equivalent work and educational experience.

  • Experience in Product Development Process report preparation.

  • Experience in nucleic acid analysis methodologies, including, but not limited to PCR, qPCR, microarray or next-generation sequencing, and data analysis tools highly desired.

  • Experience in a wide variety of molecular biology methods for nucleic acid analysis and manipulation including sub-cloning, PCR optimization, DNA and RNA purification, extraction, amplification, and hybridization.

  • Solid understanding of DNA and RNA enzymology including polymerases, nucleases, modification enzymes, etc.

  • Experience with development of in vitro diagnostic assays for regulated markets highly desired.

  • Demonstrated track record of technical achievement.

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 To learn more, visit: