Research Associate (Process/Chemical Engineering)

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02 April 2020
Location: Cambridge
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Job Description

This is a unique opportunity to join a talented team of scientists at the cutting edge of next-generation sequencing (NGS).  

As a Research Associate in the Integrated Biochemistry group in the Advanced Platform Technology Development Department you will work in a dynamic and team-oriented environment and assess the feasibility of new technologies that could be implemented in future Illumina sequencers and products.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

Working as an R&D scientist developing Illuminas next generation of sequencers and sequencing technologies
Characterizing and analysing new sequencing reagents on low and high throughput analytical instruments
Performing freeze drying (lyophilisation) workflows and experiments at lab and pilot scale
Helping develop, assess and optimize new or existing laboratory techniques and assay workflows
Recognizing potential problems, understanding and troubleshooting assays
Preparing reports, presenting results and communicating effectively with colleagues
Working as part of a scientific team and participating in team meetings and initiatives
Working flexibly in a fast-paced and dynamic R&D environment

Essential skills:

Proven laboratory experience
Solid understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology
Familiar with statistical analysis of experimental data
Detail-oriented, organized, ability to implement protocols and keep good notes in a lab notebook
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Fluency in basic computer skills (Microsoft Office suite and statistical analysis software)


Requires a BSc degree in the life sciences, process/chemical engineering or equivalent. 1+ years of industry/academic experience would be advantageous
The role is not suitable for PhD level candidate

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.