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Illumina is recruiting an experienced Associate Director, Ethics to shape and communicate Illumina’s policy positions and practices on a range of cutting edge international human rights, bioethics and data privacy matters. The Associate Director, Ethics will provide informed policy guidance, strategic leadership and practical experience to guide policy development and implementation through effective collaboration with diverse stakeholders across the company. The ideal candidate for this role is a self-starter with excellent research, analysis, written and oral communication skills who can work successfully across international and cross-functional working groups. This candidate should be intellectually curious, thrive in a fast-paced environment and toggle seamlessly between detailed work and high-level strategic thinking. This candidate should be familiar with public policy, genomic technologies and have a meaningful understanding of international business and human rights.

The candidate’s preferred location will be within a commutable distance to one of our offices in San Diego, CA, Foster City, CA or Madison, WI. Illumina offers hybrid and remote work arrangements.


  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance on global human rights and genomics ethics matters.
  • Analyze global legislative and regulatory proposals concerning relevant human rights, ethics and data privacy issues.
  • Collaboratively develop strategic, proactive positions on key human rights, ethics, and data privacy policy issues and tailor the policy positions/commitments uniquely to Illumina’s business activities and role in the genomics industry.
  • Research and draft memoranda to communicate Illumina’s commitments and policy positions on relevant ethics and human rights-related subject areas.
  • Follow applicable academic and industry trade publications to inform Illumina’s ethics and human rights frameworks and policies.
  • Partner cross-functionally with Public Affairs, Legal, Marketing, and Communications to assure consistency within internal and external content and communications related to ethics and human rights.
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required.


  • Strong experience in ethics and human rights, public policy, and coalition building.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A meaningful understanding of ethical and human rights issues surrounding genomics will be considered an advantage.
  • Self-starter, using good analytical skills and a strategic approach to highlight key opportunities and challenges for maturing Illumina’s ethics and human rights program.
  • Sound business judgment and analytical skills, and capacity for autonomous decision-making, even with little prior supervision at times.
  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence at all levels.
  • Ability to undertake large, long-term projects, develop alternative methods to complete them, and implement solutions.
  • Experience working in a large, global organization


  • Masters level degree or above.
  • Educational background in Law, Politics, Policy, Human Rights, Genomics or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge of genetics and other biological sciences is beneficial.

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. 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. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact accommodations@illumina.com. To learn more, visit: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

To Apply

Please visit the Illumina careers website.