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Instrument Engineer/Applied Scientist

Company: Illumina
Location: San Diego
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Job Description:

We are looking for an Instrument Engineer or Applied Scientist to become a member of the Electronic Sensor group within the Department of Research and Technology Development. Candidates with experience carrying out experimental work in the areas of sensitive electronic measurements, design and building of complex measurement systems, and electronic device characterization will be considered. Experience with electronic (non-optical) biomolecule sensing is desirable but not required.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to technology at the foundation of Illumina's future products. The individual will be a key contributor to the development of novel electronic sensing platforms. She/he will be part of multidisciplinary teams, performing experiments aimed at answering basic scientific questions, and developing cutting-edge measurement and characterization challenges.


Depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant, job duties will include a subset of the following

  • Design and build complex analytical and/or measurement systems, and integrate them with data acquisition and control software
  • Basic mechatronic/PCB/circuit design
  • Systematic troubleshooting to understand failure modes (FMEA)
  • Electronic device characterization with emphasis on low-SNR measurements at kHz and MHz sampling rates
  • Design of complex experimental protocols and execution of experiments on unstable and/or highly variable systems
  • Meticulous execution of complex experimental protocols


    • MS in an engineering or applied science discipline with 3-5 years experience in testbed design and integration, or a recent PhD with a similar background.
    • Experience with one or more of the following is highly beneficial: electronics (basic amplifiers and circuits); PCB layout; automation and data acquisition systems; signal processing relevant to low-SNR data; mechatronic design
    • Desired: understanding of single molecule electronics, biophysics, and/or low-dimensional systems; interdisciplinary experience combining nanofabrication, surface chemistry and molecular biology to address biological problems
    • Strong data analysis skills, ability to interpret and draw conclusions from limited to large amounts of data
    • Ability to multitask on projects with aggressive timelines.
    • Strong work ethic with flexible schedule

      Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs. Strong preference will be given to individuals with intense curiosity about the world around them and demonstrated aptitude for digging deep into experimental methods and results.Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and 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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