Research Associate (Automation)

Illumina UK
15 Sep 2017
13 Oct 2017
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Job description:

Research Associate (Automation)

Permanent / Full time, Cambridge UK

Fantastic remuneration package to include company equity, annual bonus scheme, private healthcare, 10% pension and more!

Illumina are the world leaders in Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) solutions, providing innovative products that allow the power of genomics to impact on a wide variety of industry sectors. Within Systems Integration, we work closely with other functions to bring together the hardware, software and reagents and develop a robust and successful end product. As part of our ongoing mission to create transformative and robust NGS workflows, we are looking for an Associate Scientist to focus mainly on the automation side of the exciting and novel projects currently underway at Illumina.

We are looking for a candidate with expertise in developing, troubleshooting and innovating around automated systems and wanting to create cutting edge NGS workflows.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a strong automation background to become the Systems Integration group automation expert in a highly cross-functional environment. Whilst automation will constitute the majority of the job role, there is also the opportunity to work on the world-class sequencers developed at Illumina.

Key duties:

  • Develop novel sample handling methods/protocols on liquid handling systems
  • Transfer and integrate new library prep methods onto automated platforms
  • Troubleshoot both novel and current automation methods for Illumina NGS workflows
  • Generate proof of concept data to support new automation protocols and their integration into Illumina's current projects
  • Liaise with and support multiple product development teams to provide lab automation expertise
  • Manage scheduling for the Systems Integration automation system

Experience/skills required:

  • Minimum of a BSc in a scientific discipline
  • Proven experience of working with lab automation, including optimisation and in particular troubleshooting
  • Experience of programming automated liquid handling systems
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as strong collaboration within multiple project teams
  • Knowledge of NGS technology

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