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Laboratory Scientist Intern Full Time

at Illumina London in London (Published at 16-11-2020)

The Illumina Solutions Centre lab in Cambridge is involved with a huge number of activities, supporting all of Illumina's scientists and customers across EMEA. Key services include preparation and sequencing of customer samples to assist with troubleshooting investigations and Proof-Of-Concept (POC) collaboration studies. These studies involve liaising with Illumina scientists, Sales teams & customers and then testing customer samples with the latest technologies. Each POC is run like a small research project, from experimental design, full processing, sequencing, and analysis.

This internship position will play a key role in supporting the activities of the Commercial Solution Centre labs. Candidates will receive training in use of site-of-the-art sequencing equipment & workflows and will also be responsible for helping with the upkeep of an ISO13485:2016 certified lab complex. Under the supervision of Illumina scientists, you will be involved in POC collaboration studies and with the internal testing of other Next-Generation-Sequencing workflows.

If you are seeking rewarding, challenging work and a chance to make a difference, then join the Illumina Internship Program where you?ll join our mission to help improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome.


Focusing on innovation has established Illumina as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical and applied markets. With products that are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging segments.


You?ll join a high-performing team where your work will take on new meaning?to an exponential degree. You?ll be able to grow within a positive, inclusive, culture, and the impact you can have helps ignite the passion that drives our people forward. And together, we accomplish beyond expectations.


Basic Function and Scope of the Position

Responsible for weekly & monthly maintenance of the Commercial Solution Centre lab following ISO13485 work-instructions. This includes washing & validation of Sequencers, receiving and sorting of samples & consumables; and participating in lab cleaning. Additional duties will include preparation & sequencing of customer samples as part of pre-sales or support activities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Participating in weekly & monthly cleans of lab equipment & environment.

  • Assistance with all lab processes required to maintain ISO13485 certification.

  • Sequencing validation runs required on any Sequencers.

  • Receiving, logging and storage of incoming samples & consumables.

  • Support activities for lab users can include DNA quantification by Qubit or rtPCR & Bioanalyser traces.

  • Sequencing samples and scanning beadarray chips to support customer backlog & elevation requests.

Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunities 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.



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