Temporary Research Associate (Next Gen DNA Sequencing)

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Scott Oldham
Cambridgeshire (GB)
Industry leading package, which would include 10% pension, private healthcare and more!
Sep 05, 2016
Oct 03, 2016
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Temporary Research Associate (Next Gen DNA Sequencing)
Chesterford Research Park, Cambridgeshire, UK Full Time / Temporary
(6 month contract)

Do you have knowledge in the areas of genetics/genomics and DNA sequencing?
Do you have laboratory experience using molecular biology techniques?
Are you looking for an opportunity to work with the world leader in NGS technology?

Illumina currently has an opportunity for a Research Associate to join the Production Sequencing team based at Illumina’s R&D facility in Little Chesterford, Essex (nr Cambridge).  The team of 15 supports Illumina’s ongoing R&D process, as well as exciting new population-scale collaboration projects, by performing NGS sequencing as a core-support facility.  This is a fast paced environment which would require some weekend work on occasion to support Illumina’s ever-growing business.  If you have good lab-skills and would like the opportunity to work on cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology, then this role is worth considering.
Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) libraries
  • Develop and optimize NGS library preparation methodologies
  • Perform real time PCRs for library quantification
  • Operation and troubleshooting of NGS instruments
  • Experiment planning, execution, troubleshooting, data analysis and interpretation
  • Prepare reports, present results and communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively is essential
  • Maintain strong working relationships within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • An ability to be flexible in a fast paced and dynamic environment


  • Degree in the biological sciences is required


  • Demonstration of proven laboratory experience in the area of life sciences
  • Demonstration of an ability to troubleshoot molecular techniques
  • Solid understanding of nucleic acid biochemistry and applying techniques of molecular biology
  • Working knowledge or background in NGS would be advantageous
  • Detail-oriented, organized, with an ability to implement complex protocols
  • Demonstrate an ability to document procedures and results in a detailed lab notebook A demonstrated ability to work well with others
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in standard computer skills, PowerPoint and Excel

This role would suit a candidate who has a background working in research laboratories (industrial or academic), with good molecular biology techniques and is now ideally looking for an opportunity to work with a market leader in NGS technology. 

  • Please note that this role is for BSc and MSc qualified candidates, post doctoral candidates will not be considered.

Illumina offer an industry leading remuneration package, state of the art facilities and an innovative, fast-moving working environment.

Interested parties would need to apply via Illumina’s career website using the reference 5863BR

About Illumina:
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of next generation life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and biological function. These systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of personalized medicine. With the innovative advances in our sequencing technologies, we are rapidly impacting the clinical market in areas such as reproductive health and oncology. The expanding Illumina oncology portfolio of next- generation sequencing NGS and microarray technologies is revolutionizing cancer genomics research. Our customers include a broad range of academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other leading institutions around the globe.
lllumina has experienced phenomenal growth from $10 million in revenues in 2002 to over $1.4 billion in 2013. Forbes named Illumina #1 on the 2009 list of 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies in the United States, the second time over a three year period that Forbes ranked Illumina #1 on its list of rapidly growing technology companies. Illumina was also named #1 smartest company in the world as part of MIT’s 2014 Technology Review.  As of August 2014, the company had a $24 billion market capitalization.