Illumina – Why Work For Us?


What we do at Illumina may seem complicated, but our vision is simple. 
To advance human health by unlocking the power of the genome."

At Illumina, we have developed leading edge products and services through the use of innovative technologies. Every employee has a relentless drive to continue to grow Illumina and to live out our vision “to advance human health by unlocking the power of the genome”. Talk to any employee, and you will learn about their passion and drive to make a difference and do their best work.

Our work is far from complete; in order to keep driving forward, a very collaborative approach is needed. At Illumina, everyone’s work and ideas are valued as an integral part of the community.

We need talented and passionate people like you to help make our vision a reality. 
Join the Illumina community and be a part of the team that is setting the pace and making an impact in human health.

At Illumina, we have a strong set of values that help us innovate, collaborate, and open the door for new ideas. These values are integrated into Illumina’s day-to-day life including how we interact with employees and customers. 

Our Values:

Innovation is in our DNA

We are relentless in the creation of great products

We move fast and embrace change

Deep collaboration allows us to compete in ways others cannot

We are open physically and philosophically

If you want to work for a company that is constantly innovating, collaborating, and pushing the boundaries, come join Illumina.

Illumina in the Community


At Illumina, we pride ourselves on helping the community around us. Illumina in the community is a group of passionate volunteers that support many different events throughout the year.

One major event is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk where we raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. In 2014, we raised more than $6800 for the CF Foundation.

We also volunteer at various other events such as the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, Rady Children’s Hospital, FACES for the Future, and MVP, which is a program that aims to ready veterans for meaningful employment within a Life Science organization.

Why Illumina?

Our employees are passionate about the work they do here.

“We’re changing the WORLD!”
“I’m proud to work at Illumina because my colleagues are the smartest (and nicest) in the world! ”
“Innovation, Oozing Creativity, and Motivation”


Ideas are Big, Outcomes are even Bigger.


As a Bioinformatics Scientist, you can choose to work anywhere because big pharma, biotech, and software companies are clamoring to hire the best. We are at the dawn of understanding how genetic data can improve lives, and nowhere else will your work have more of an immediate impact on society and human health than at Illumina. It cannot be more exciting- every experience, innovation, and effort by the scientists come together and we help make sense of all the data.

Why be a Bioinformatics Scientist at Illumina?

Cutting edge technology:

You are working with the latest NGS instruments and applications, and you get to see data from instruments like the HiSeqX (which has delivered the $1000 genome) before anyone else. You contribute to the development of new applications that quickly penetrate research labs and clinics around the world.

Great Team:

“The people are smart, fun, and passionate. I can always ask for help if I don’t know something, or when I want feedback on a new algorithm idea. I also enjoy spending time with them outside of Illumina.” - Jocelyne

Impactful Work:

“I chose industry over academia because I enjoyed the fast turnaround time of my efforts. What you’re working on now will be a product within a year or so, with a tangible impact on people’s lives. Being at the research department within industry is like an added bonus. It has all the excitement and satisfaction of exploring new ground while having a fast and tangible impact on society.”- Amirali


Each quarter Illumina recognizes employees who exemplify our company values. The Bioinformatics Scientists have been consistently awarded (8 consecutive quarters) for their collaboration, innovation, and creation of great products. The award proves the quality of talent that is in the Bioinformatics team. 

Career Development:

There are many Bioinformatics opportunities throughout Illumina. Our Bioinformatics Scientists are based in San Diego, the Bay Area, Chesterford-UK, and Madison, WI. There are opportunities within Research and Development teams working on the latest instruments. You can also specialize in particular applications such as diagnostics, oncology, prenatal health, and population sequencing.





Come join our team!

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Illumina Reviews

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    Illumina values innovation and progress greatly. The work environment is quite dynamic and allows for growth of the individual. It is the frontier in a fast-growing industry.


    Depending on what team/part of the company you are in, you might have to deal with some internal politics, but then again that is the case almost everywhere.

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Illumina Interviews

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Illumina Awards & Accolades

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World's Smartest Company (#1), MIT Technology Review, 2014
12 Most Disruptive Names in Business (Jay Flatley), Forbes, 2013
50 Disruptive Companies, MIT Technology Review, 2013
Top 10 Innovation Award (MiSeq) (#5), The Scientist, 2012
Fastest Growing Technology Companies (#5), Forbes, 2010
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Additional Info

Headquarters San Diego, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Public (ILMN)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Illumina is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. These systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of personalized medicine. With rapid advances in technology taking place, it is... More

Mission: To advance human health by unlocking the power of the genome.

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