Fermentation Manufacturing Scientist

at Illumina
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Date Posted July 1, 2021
Category Bioscience
Job Type Full-time
Address 524 Genomic Dr


You are the scientist Illumina-Madison is looking for.  In your future role at the Wisconsin site of the global leader in genetic sequencing, you will be one of a group of fermentation scientists as you produce the fuel for Illumina’s sequencing and array-based solutions for analysis of genetic variation and function in realms from cancer research to agriculture. Working on diverse teams, you will lead or assist production runs, make independent judgements based on real-time analysis of data and readings, assist with tracking and managing timelines and deliverables, and collaborate with other manufacturing teams to improve quality and efficiency.  We want your talent, genuine curiosity about applied science, commitment to creative problem solving, and drive to get things done.


  • Operation of large-scale fermentation equipment and associated process equipment.
  • Express a variety of DNA modifying enzymes, using independent judgement, when necessary, to successfully complete production runs.
  • Identify potential improvements to our fermentation processes; identify and complete optimization and validation experiments necessary to justify process changes.
  • Complete assays (including standard protein characterization and others) that measure key enzyme physical characteristics and impurities (such as SDS PAGE, HPLC, and immunoblotting).
  • Collaborate as part of a scientific team including active participation in team meetings and initiatives.
  • Perform inventory control of reagents, chemicals, and supplies using proper labeling and computerized systems.
  • Assist with Nonconformance and CAPA activities.
  • Assist in writing SOPs, batch records, and work instructions.  Update documents to ensure consistency with actual practice.
  • Maintain general lab organization including supplies, equipment, and reagents.
  • Additional duties as assigned by management.


  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new biochemical techniques, both in theory and practice.
  • Excellent lab and organization skills.
  • Associate’s degree, B.S. or M.S. degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemical engineering, or related field.


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