Optical Systems (Physics) – R&D – UK Internship at Illumina

Internship (1-4 Months)
Application Deadline
17th February 2021
East of England
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Optical Systems (Physics) – R&D – UK Internship

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. Our mission? To help improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome.

The optical systems group at Illumina performs research and development on advanced optical technologies to push the limits of DNA sequencing. The resulting machines find application in medical diagnostics and cutting-edge genetic research.

The intern will contribute to this research pipeline via the testing and screening of novel optical technologies. This involves research, designing, and building optical breadboard systems, as well as analysis, simulations and algorithm development. These technologies integrate with sophisticated biochemical systems, requiring complex problem solving at the interface of physics, engineering, and biochemistry.

Why You

Each summer, over 75 undergrad, Masters and PhD students embrace these internship roles. No matter your background you are able to take up a position at Illumina; you have the option of positions from the highly technical to the more corporate functions: Finance, Bioinformatics, Engineering, Research & Development, Marketing, and Software, among others. Our 12-month program, focuses on meaningful project work, professional and personal development, in addition to providing networking opportunities.

The role

This role would suit an excellent undergraduate; a PhD candidate looking for industrial experience; or a recently completed PhD.

Preferred background, skills and experience

  • Working towards an upper-class degree in the physical sciences (Physics, Engineering, Mathematics etc),
  • Strong understanding of the basic principles of optics, including ray and wave theory.
  • Practical lab experience, ideally in optics.
  • An ability to work in an interdisciplinary context, on the border of physics and biology.
  • Simple scripting and mathematical modelling (MATLAB, Python, ImageJ, Labview etc.)
  • Strong inter-personal and collaborative skills.
  • An open, enthusiastic and independent individual with a desire to share experience and a willingness to learn from others.
  • Evidence of academic achievement.
  • Some experience with microscopy and biochemical systems is desirable but not essential.
  • Experience in designing, building and aligning breadboard level optical systems is desirable but not essential.

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.

About Illumina

At Illumina, you get to push boundaries. You can think beyond the conventional. You can dream big. With the energy of so many bright and accomplished people around you, the opportunities are endless. We are growing quickly and looking for talented and passionate people to join us via our internship programme - iAspire. Whether you're interested in genomics and biotech jobs, finance or legal, sales or marketing, manufacturing or procurement—join us and you can make a difference.

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