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Sustaining Process Engineer 2, Oligo Manufacturing

Company: Illumina
Location: San Diego
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

We are looking for a driven, talented Process Engineer (Sustaining) to join our growing Manufacturing Technical Operations (MTO) group. The MTO group works as an integral part of our Consumables Manufacturing process and is tasked with increasing quality and yield within our high-volume production environments.

We are growing at a rapid rate and hiring engineers to support our Oligo Synthesis and Micro Array Mfg areas. These individuals will provide technical leadership to new product introduction, production process development, improvement and sustaining efforts. Additionally, these teams will partner cross-functionally with R & D, Quality, Production and other engineering groups to develop processes for new products and sustain and improve processes for existing products.


  • Participate in process development, sustaining efforts, definition and improvement, and other activities in the making of consumable products or support of processes/equipment used in Oligonucleotide Mfg. areas.
  • Troubleshoot process issues related to yield, quality and throughput.
  • Construct and execute controlled experiments (including DOE's) to optimize processes, address yield and quality issues and drive implementation of solutions into a production environment to meet project goals.
  • Analyze process test results, issue reports and make technical recommendations.
  • Work cross functionally with R&D, Manufacturing and Quality to develop processes for new products and improve processes of existing products.
  • Represent Operations needs on development teams.
  • Define technical requirements and write procedures for Production to process product.
  • Work on teams to develop and transfer new processes/products to production and enhance their robustness.
  • Requirements:
  • Work experience in the biotech, pharmaceutical or semiconductor industries is desirable.
  • Experience in synthetic chemistry or oligonucleotide synthesis is desirable.
  • Experience working in an ISO13485 or FDA certified environment is a plus.
  • Experience in high-volume production in a high-tech consumables' industry is a plus.
  • Experience in production support and/or process development is desirable.
  • Experience with statistics, Statistical Process Control and DOE techniques is required.
  • High level problem-solving, troubleshooting and reasoning skills are required.
  • Experience with product development processes and project management skills are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish goals while working across departments is desirable.
  • High level computer skills are required. Intermediate level programming knowledge is a plus.
  • Good interdepartmental communication skills and documentation skills are required.


    • B.S./M.S./ PhD in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biotechnical Engineering, Bioinformatics or MS/PhD in Materials Science or Physical Chemistry, with 1-4+ years of relevant experience in production support/sustaining and/or process definition and development, design, scale-up, improvement and validation.
    • Recent or near-term college graduates are encouraged to apply.

      At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity 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. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact To learn more, visit:

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