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To accelerate the adoption of clinical sequencing, Illumina is recruiting an exceptional computational scientist with a strong quantitative background in machine learning and statistics to work on the development of novel algorithms for genome interpretation. Key objectives would include classification of benign vs pathogenic variants by utilizing whole genomes and functional genomic data and characterizing selective constraint. Algorithms and methods will be published in peer-reviewed journals and released in software products in order to improve the accuracy, throughput, and reproducibility of genome interpretation, thereby removing barriers to clinical adoption of whole genome sequencing. In addition to strong analytical skills, this position will require a high degree of initiative, autonomy, and scientific collaboration.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop novel statistical algorithms for classifying variants of unknown significance by integrating information from detailed clinical phenotypes, functional genomics, selective constraint, and protein structure.
  • Be the primary contributor for scientific collaborations with Illumina’s academic, nonprofit, and industry partners, and lead a multidisciplinary team focused on achieving these aims.
  • Publish and disseminate methods and findings and incorporate them into software products to the benefit of the wider genetics community.
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.

Position Requirements

  • Expert in machine learning, statistics, and genomics
  • Possesses strong communication skills, with the ability to present complex scientific ideas to clinical, scientific, and industry audiences.
  • Be willing to work in a fast paced, competitive environment, and hold a strong record of successful delivery of complex scientific projects and publications under tight timelines.
All listed requirements are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional task and responsibilities.

Preferred Experience/Education/Skills

  • PhD in computer science, statistical genetics, or computational biology.
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.


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