Crop Quantitative Geneticist

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Ref: R/CS/094/17

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.

We have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious crop breeder / geneticist to join an expanding team committed to developing novel breeding strategies which will transform food production and nutrition in the UK and globally. In this role you will develop and lead a crop breeding and genetics programme. This senior faculty position based will be based at SRUC’s Edinburgh campus.

Your leadership and drive will stimulate new areas of breeding improvement research activity at SRUC which complement its current applied and translational research activity and capabilities in areas of crop quality, nutrition and health. You will work with SRUC’s CEO and Principal, Professor Wayne Powell and others in the Crop and Soil Systems Research Group at SRUC. This is a developing team that includes several newly appointed PhD students and cross-institutional professorial staff. You will also collaborate on joint approaches with animal breeding colleagues to exploit new methods of population development together with novel breeding strategies that exploit genomic selection alongside more traditional breeding approaches.

To be considered for this role, you should be PhD qualified in a relevant discipline and have a strong supporting publication record in plant breeding and quantitative genetics and be a successful grant winner with an international reputation in crop breeding along with a strong quantitative genetics background and familiarity with the use of genomics and the design of breeding strategies. In collaboration SRUC staff and stakeholders you will target emerging sources of national and international funding and develop international collaborations, and be strongly motivated to engage in initiatives that improve sustainable crop productivity and human nutrition.

The role is full-time and permanent and we will offer a competitive and flexible package, dependent on the experience and skills of the successful candidate.

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Closing date: 27 August 2017

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.

SRUC. A Charitable company limited by guarantee, SC003712. Registered in Scotland No SC103046.

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