Research Fellow

The University of Edinburgh - Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies

A post-doctoral research position is available with the research group led by John Hickey at The Roslin Institute. We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic, creative and independent researcher to work in the area of animal breeding to work with the African Dairy Genetic Gains (ADGG) team and the data that they are generating. The programme is: A) Establishing performance recording and sampling systems in Tanzania and Ethiopia; B) Using the information and samples to develop systems to select crossbred bulls and cows of superior genetic merit for Artificial Insemination and natural mating; C) Piloting farmer-feedback systems that assist farmers to improve their productivity. The goal is to have working systems based on public-private partnerships that have a clear route to long-term sustainability by the end of the five-year period. You will support the goals of the ADGG team by developing data analysis methods, data generating strategies, and performing empirical analysis.

You will be working alongside computational biologists, animal and plant breeders, quantitative geneticists and software engineers and have access to high performance computing clusters. Working to derive solutions at the interface between academia and industry, you will lead on research planning and management of key projects, guided by the group’s outputs and deadlines.

You will join the Genetics and Genomics department at The Roslin Institute, a world-class centre for research on quantitative genetics of populations, particularly in managed populations such as livestock, companion animals, forests and crops.

For more information about the group please visit
Informal enquires can be made to John Hickey at

For further particulars and to submit an application, visit the University of Edinburgh’s website via the apply button below.

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