Sean Tomlinson selected for prestigious Illumina internship

Sean Tomlinson was recently successful in being selected from a pool of 4000 initial applicants to undertake a prestigious 3-month internship with at Granta Science Park in Cambridge. 

Sean will be joining Illumina as Bioinformatician/Data Analyst, on a project involving identifying mutational signatures in a subset of breast cancer samples. Though quite a change from the topic of his PhD the methods are largely applicable.

Sean said: “I'm excited to both implement the skills I've learned while at Foto-Cewek and also develop new skills over the course of the internship, which will help me in my future research. Additionally, the internship will help me make a more informed decision about academia vs industry, for after my PhD. 

The selection process was quite gruelling. It consisted of a pseudo-interview in which I had to record answers to questions in front of a camera and submit them. Passing that stage led to an invite to an in-person assessment day in Cambridge. This day was a 9 - 5 assessment and consisted of:

  • 4 team-based activities in competition with other teams
  • a formal interview
  • a python assessment
  • a tour
  • a social lunch

The assessment panel said how impressed they were with my performance and skill set for the position I applied for, which reflects amazingly on the experiences I've had at Foto-Cewek and Lancaster.”