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Core Scientist (Research Fellow)

The University of Edinburgh - The Roslin Institute

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd April 2019
Closes: 24th May 2019
Job Ref: 047761

The Roslin Institute is a world-class centre for research on the quantitative genetics of populations, particularly in managed populations such as livestock, companion animals, forests and crops. We have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher in quantitative genetics/genomics, to work on a project, led by Prof. John Hickey in collaboration with our industrial partners PIC (part of Genus plc). In the past three years the project has generated one of the largest and most powerful livestock genetics data sets globally with accurate whole genome sequence information and phenotypes on hundreds and thousands of individuals. Plans are in place to add further data types to this resource including deeper phenotypes and functional genomics data. 

This project has three aims: (1). Develop new genomics analyses, grounded in quantitative genetics, population genetics and bioinformatics, that make use of huge amounts of whole genome sequence data; (2). Undertake such analyses in a very large dataset encapsulating phenotype and  sequence data in pigs to make novel discoveries about animal genomics (3). Deploy this knowledge to develop novel strategies to apply genomic information in breeding.

Successful applicant will become part of a large team of computational biologists, animal and plant breeders, quantitative geneticists, genomicists, computer scientists and bio physicists. You will actively contribute to the development of methods and tools for the analysis of huge livestock data sets, lead aspects of the analysis such data and interpretation of its results, and be supported to create new breeding program designs and strategies to accelerate genetic improvement in livestock.

Given the diverse challenges of this post, the successful applicant may have (or be close to having) a PhD from a diverse set of areas. Applicants with a background in Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics, Computer Science, Statistics, Biology, Mathematics, Bioinformatics or some related area. Key is the ability to work within the group and to contribute to the project goals. The ideal candidate will have experience in research and development activities.

The post-holder will join the Genetics and Genomics department at the Institute which comprises 18 group leaders, both desk based and lab based scientists. The department benefits from synergies arising from academic backgrounds including DNA-chemistry, statistics, mathematics and theoretical physics in addition to genetics.

The post is available immediately and is funded by strategic core funding available on a fixed-term basis with a working pattern of 35 hours per week until 30/06/2020. Extension of this funding is dependent on successful interim review of strategic funding.

Informal enquiries can be made to John Hickey (, while formal applications should be submitted through The University of Edinburgh website.

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