Assay Development Scientist 1 - US - California - San Diego

  • Illumina
  • San Diego, California, U.S.
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full time Biotech

Job Description

Illumina is seeking a talented individual to fulfill a Scientist I role in assay development. This person will build new technologies and workflows for Illumina customers as part of a multi-functional team. You will be responsible in the design and execution of experiments, perform analyses, draw conclusions and provide recommendations to the team. Ideal candidate brings a new perspective on existing challenges, exploring and implementing new concepts and methodologies.  A strong background in epigenetics and experience with Illumina arrays or sequencing applications is desired.
Role and Responsibilities:

  • Design, conduct, analyze and document assay experiments aimed at developing array and NGS assay products.
  • Exercise independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results in a fast-paced industry with limited instruction.
  • Brainstorm new concepts and technologies and drive towards down selection and proving out feasibility.
  • Train and guide other team members in new techniques and procedures.
  • Deliver plans and results in clear and concise manner with cross-functional colleagues through oral updates, written reports and technical meetings.
  • Troubleshoot, propose next steps or suggest alternate strategies within complex systems and assays.


Required Skills & Experience:

  • Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, or related field with minimum 0-5 years industry experience and 6+ years laboratory research experience.
  • Experience in nucleic acid analysis methodologies, including, but not limited to PCR, qPCR, methylation specific PCR, microarray or next-generation sequencing.
  • Data and statistical analysis of large complex data sets using JMP, R, Matlab or similar.  Utilizes DOE where appropriate.
  • Experience with reagent/buffer formulation and assay development.
  • Exceptional collaboration and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of technical achievement.


Preferred Skills and Experience:


  • Bioanalytical techniques to discover and characterize nucleic acid modifications
  • Nucleic acid biochemistry, enzymology and/or chemistry experience.
  • Data analysis of epigenetic/DNA methylation on array and/or NGS.
  • Experience with bisulfite and / or bisulfite free conversion methods.
  • Molecular biology (RNA and DNA extraction, sub-cloning, PCR optimization).
  • Good organization skills, detailed orientated mindset.




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