Geneticist, Easter Bush (Fixed Term 3 yrs)

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Ref: R/AVS/112/16

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented Geneticist to join our team located together with staff from the Roslin Institute and Edinburgh University Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science at the state of the art Easter Bush Campus near Edinburgh. In this role, you will work on new research projects integrating novel and existing ‘hard to measure’ carcass and disease traits for sheep genomic selection which will commence in 2017.

We are looking for a person with strong quantitative and programming skills to work in a team of animal breeders to develop and analyse data from major UK sheep producers incorporating genomic information for a range of different characteristics. Working and liaising closely with a major industry client, this interesting post requires an enthusiastic, self-motivated and dedicated team player to deliver new genomic solutions that will have a significant impact in the UK sheep sector.

To be considered for this role, you should possess the ability to handle and manipulate large data sets along with experience of collating, handling, programming and analysing data. A PhD or MSc in animal breeding, or a related field (i.e. plant breeding, human genetics or statistical genetics or mathematics) is preferable, as is previous experience of livestock breeding and data analysis. You should be a team player with good communication skills. A background in handling and analysing SNP genotype data and experience with variance component estimation would be advantageous.

This post is fixed term for three years commencing in February 2017.

SRUC offers an attractive salary package based on experience and qualifications.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy.

SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

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