Staff Software Test Engineer

Illumina Inc   San Diego, CA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on February 13, 2021

This role is to provide leadership and support for software verification of Illumina’s data analysis software. As a Staff Software Test Engineer, you will work in a cross functional team to perform verification and validation for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis software.                                     

The successful candidate must be a fast learner with strong sense of ownership, motivation, and detail orientated.


  • Work independently in cross-functional teams to lead the testing effort for data analysis software.
  • Partner with software, bioinformatics developers and domain experts in designing, performing, and improving verification tests
  • Design and Implement automated software verification framework and scripts
  • Prepare necessary test artifacts required for formal software / product release
  • Lead the architecture, development and execution of automated tests as well as analysis and reporting of the test results 
  • Participate in Code and Design Reviews
  • Mentor and manage junior to mid-level software test engineers
  • Ensure Software Development Life Cycle procedures are followed
  • Collaborate closely with assay development team and ensure they well trained on using the informatics software application(s).
  • Collaborate with peers to identify opportunities for process improvement.


  • Bachelor or Master Degree (or higher) in Bioinformatics, Computational Science, Bio-engineering, Molecular Biology, Computer Science or related field from an accredited university (or foreign equivalent).
  • 8+ years of working experience with software or system verification & validation
  • 8+ years of experience in designing or architecting automated tests & framework
  • 4+ years of experience in formal verification of software or system in a regulated environment (ex. medical device etc.).
  • 4+ years of experience in verifying algorithms, workflow or data analysis software.
  • 4+ years of experience in managing and mentoring small teams
  • Proven skills for writing verification plan, protocol, report and all aspects of documentation required for formally releasing a product.
  • Strong knowledge of the quality system and processes.
  • Be curious, detail oriented, and analytical, with a proven ability to learn quickly
  • Be customer-focused, team-oriented, and motivated, taking ownership of assigned tasks
  • Have proven ability to self-manage, as well as manage interdisciplinary relationships
  • Good verbal and written communication and troubleshooting skills.
  • Having an understanding of Oncology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, or related field of biology will be a plus

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