Bioinformatics/ Data Analyst - 12 weeks internship – Product Development

  • Illumina
  • Cambridge, UK
  • 14/12/2020
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics Biostatistics

Job Description

Why Us

The Product Development Bioinformatics group helps our customers derive knowledge from DNA by designing and scientifically validating software and algorithms for analysing the vast datasets produced by Illumina's DNA sequencing instruments. Our customers use this knowledge to improve patient health and advance scientific research.

Our mission? 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.

Past projects worked on:

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

The role
This is an excellent opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment where biomedical sciences intersect with clinical applications and to contribute to transforming the way information from whole genome sequencing is harnessed for the benefit of patients.
Responsibilities will include:

  • Supported by a mentor/project manager, apply statistics and machine learning techniques to interpret DNA sequence datasets.
  • Develop software in a variety of computer languages including C++, R and Python.
  • Work as part of a friendly and multi-disciplinary team to meet shared goals.
  • Deliver timely results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Prepare and present a final report on your findings.

Preferred Background, Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Currently studying for a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. in computer science, bioinformatics or a scientific course which has included modules in bioinformatics, data analysis or computer science.
  • An interest in genomics and clinical applications of genome sequencing.
  • Some experience in a programming language such as C++, Python or R, ideally gained during a project, employment or self-study.
  • 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