Research Associate Intern

Illumina - San Diego, CA3.6

Experience the breathtaking pace of genomic innovation through Illumina’s iAspire internship program. Our 12-week, global, summer program is filled with opportunities to innovate, collaborate, and invest in yourself. Our interns work on relevant projects and programs, right alongside our engineers, scientists and corporate employees. It truly is an opportunity to learn, grow, and become a fully-integrated member of the Illumina community. Optimize flow cell surface to improve sequencing by synthesis performance Sequencing by synthesis relies on a surface-based signal amplification technique called clustering. Due to evolving requirements and the numerous sequencing platforms offered by Illumina, new surfaces must be designed for upcoming sequencing platforms. We aim to identify the root cause of some of our biochemistry limitations, which will provide the framework for the development of the surfaces. We require the assistance of an intern who will work on the development of this system. The intern in this role will gain insight on our current flow cell fabrication, surface chemistry, evaluate alterations to the surface identified by the team, and functionally tests these surfaces in Illumina assays and model sequencing systems. Promising candidates will be tested on Illumina flow cells and the intern will perform sequencing to fully evaluate the feasibility of these alternative surfaces. Qualifications & Requirements: Must be rising junior or senior in a bachelor’s program, with a minimum 3.2 GPA – both cumulative and major (will be verified by transcripts). Preferred/Required Majors: Material Science (polymer), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, or other technical field Must have strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment. Must have basic wet lab skills and some research experience (any field) Completion of some coursework in biology desired Experience in some of the following desired: Polymer synthesis Surface functionalization and modification, surface cleaning, chemical vapor deposition Fluorescence microscopy, optical microscopy Bio-conjugation, oligo labeling, protein labeling Quantitative Image Analysis Statistical analysis Coding and/or modeling experience (Java, Matlab, R, Python, etc.) This role is located in San Diego, CA. Candidates can apply to intern roles through October 31st, at which time they will be removed from posting. Please save the job description for all roles to which you applied, in order to reference once the postings are removed. Top candidates will move to our video interviewing platform as first step, in mid-November. Those selected for next steps will be contacted for a technical phone interview; the phone interview will be scheduled for early December . As the last step, final intern candidates are required to attend an assessment center event at our San Diego or Bay Area offices. The evening events will be held January 17th and 24th for San Diego, and January 21st for San Francisco. Candidates for San Diego roles will attend only one event in San Diego and will be notified of their assigned assessment date by mid-December. Candidates for Bay Area roles will attend the event in San Francisco on January 21st. Travel accommodations will be provided for those candidates who do not reside in the city where their assessment event is being held. The iAspire program only supports F-1 visa status; no other visa types are eligible. F-1 students must have at least 3 months of CPT or OPT eligibility to participate. For more information on iAspire, please visit . 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 have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at To learn more, visit: