Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Macroalgal Breeding

Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS

Fixed Term Appointment for 2 years

We are seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher to support the delivery of an innovative four-year EU-funded project aiming to characterise, conserve and exploit kelp genetic diversity; the GENIALG initiative will harness the power of high-throughput –omics (e.g. GWAS) to improve the genetic resources available to breeders for sustainable, large-scale kelp (Saccharina latissima) farming.

The successful applicant will join an internationally-reputed team of scientists specializing in brown algal genomics and host pathogen interactions. They will play a pivotal role in introducing agrigenomics strategies based on marker-assisted selection to improve kelp varieties.

The main duties are: to sample, characterise and biobank kelp genetic diversity across European waters with the support of the Culture Collection for Algae and Protozoa; develop and improve high-throughput assays to quantify disease resistance and other biotic stressors; organize and deploy a disease monitoring program across the production line (from hatchery to open sea); assist other sites within the consortium with disease diagnostics and help coordinate efforts across the consortium. It is not essential to demonstrate experience in all areas initially, but the ideal candidate must show genuine enthusiasm and ability to expand their boundaries.

Further information is available on line at Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources, Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Macroalgal Breeding, Job Ref D04/16.CG, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 9th January 2017.

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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