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Illumina is recruiting a Privacy & Ethics Specialist to join the Privacy & Ethics team in a highly dynamic role that blends ethics, privacy, and human rights analysis, investigation, and communication, policy analysis and development, and program management. The Privacy & Ethics Specialist will work closely with the Head of Privacy, Ethics, and Corporate Policy, while also building relationships and working cross-functionally with Illumina’s Legal, Public Affairs, Communications, Supply Chain, and Research & Development teams and external partners. The ideal candidate can quickly understand the “big picture” and identify actionable steps to make goals a reality. Strong candidates will be detail-oriented, organized, self-starters with strong writing abilities and are comfortable building programs and practices from the ground-up. Intellectual curiosity is key for this role; candidates should have an interest in bioethics, genomics and artificial intelligence-related ethics and privacy matters, business and human rights, and public policy.

The candidate’s preferred location will be within a commutable distance to our San Diego, CA location. Illumina offers hybrid and remote work arrangements.


  • Develop, implement, and update ethics, privacy, and human rights policies, commitments, and internal/external messaging.
  • Work closely with the Head of Privacy, Ethics, and Corporate to implement and mature Illumina’s Human Rights Oversight and Accountability Framework and other ethics programs.
  • Provide program management and logistical support to long-term Privacy & Ethics team initiatives.
  • Conduct corporate human rights impact assessments and investigations.
  • Develop and maintain a strong knowledge of relevant ethics, privacy, and human rights issues by tracking current events and news, positions of relevant thought leadership organizations and industry societies, and notable academic literature.
  • Develop and maintain working knowledge of changes to or developments in privacy and data protection laws and regulations and their impact on business operations, including HIPAA, GDPR, and CCPA.
  • Edit, revise, and format ethics and privacy documents, policies, and internal/external communications.
  • Develop presentations for the Privacy & Ethics teams that are suitable for senior to executive levels of management.
  • Assist the Head of Privacy, Ethics, and Corporate Policy in managing the day-to-day operations of Illumina’s Ethics Advisory Board, including developing meeting agendas, communicating with the members on topical issues and maintaining relationships.


  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A 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.
  • Ability to quickly grasp business objectives and handle multiple matters simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational and drafting skills, with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to deal effectively with a broad range of personalities and cultures.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to keep track of many loose ends.
  • Ability to undertake large, long-term projects, and find solutions to complications that arise.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with the appropriate discretion.
  • Promoting effective work practices, working as a team member, and showing respect for co-workers.

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.