Bioinformatics / Data Analyst

  • Illumina
  • Cambridge, UK
  • 02/12/2020
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics

Job Description

Why Us

Are you seeking a company that will offer you rewarding, challenging work and a chance to make a difference? Then you should consider Illumina's Internship Program.

Illumina Laboratory Services UK (ILS-UK) applies Illumina’s core sequencing technology to large scale and has recently completed the sequencing for the 100K Genomes Project. We are now entering the next phase of the genomics agenda in the UK, to deliver whole-genome sequencing (WGS) into routine healthcare in partnership with Genomics England and the NHS. Our mission is to help improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome.

Why You

When you join the high-performing team at Illumina, your work takes on new meaning—to an exponential degree. Our growth, our positive culture, and the impact our products are having in the world will ignite the same passion in you that drives our people forward. And together, we accomplish beyond expectations.

Our goal is to develop cutting-edge software that integrates results from whole genome DNA sequencing (WGS) and whole transcriptome RNA sequencing (WTS) into a fully integrated report, with the aim of simplifying clinical interpretation.

The role

This is an excellent opportunity to support the Bioinformatics Validation team and experience an interdisciplinary environment where biomedical sciences intersect with clinical applications and to contribute transforming the way information from whole genome sequencing is harnessed for the benefit of patients. Day-to-day activities involve participating in the bioinformatics scientific input development projects, capturing user needs and requirements, thereby supporting validation activities.

Past intern projects have included:

  • Cancer sequencing (WGS)
  • Cloud Software
  • Improved detection of structural variants in DNA
  • Improving the quality of human WGS sequencing
  • Automating cohort-scale genome analysis

Preferred background, skills and experience

  • Currently studying a Bachelor’s or Masters in Computer science, Bioinformatics or a Scientific course which has included modules in bioinformatics, data analyses or computer science
  • An interest in rare disease or cancer genomics and clinical applications of whole genome sequencing.
  • Some experience in programming, ideally Python or R.
  • Experience in next generation sequencing data analysis is advantageous.

What can you expect

With Illumina you can expect to be paid for your time during your internship. You will develop a great foundation for the future of your career. You will have the opportunity of working for a company who is known in the industry but also known for its research. You will be part of the global leader in the Sequencing industry where you will find robust growth opportunities and career development within Illumina.

Our team members are bright, energetic and dedicated - they are the driving force behind our innovation and impact. To attract the best and brightest, we offer a competitive employee benefits program. We view it as a smart investment in our people, one that recognizes the tremendous value they bring to our business every day. At Illumina, we push boundaries. We think beyond the conventional. We dream big. With the energy of so many bright and accomplished people, the opportunities are endless.


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