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Core Scientist

The University of Edinburgh - Roslin Institute

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: 1937

Full time (35 hours per week)

Fixed term, until 31th March 2021 with possibility of renewal

We are looking for a Core Scientist.

The Opportunity:

The Schoenebeck group is a leader in companion animal genetics and genomics. Our research interests include skeletal form and function, domestication, and the pathogenesis of diseases. We are looking for a highly motivated, technically skilled, and intellectually curious Core Scientist to lead our efforts in functional genetics and genomics. The postholder will design and execute experiments that help to uncover the genomic architecture of skeletal morphology and domestication through use of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derivatives (the iPSCs being derived from production, companion, and wild animal species). The postholder will also support the group’s population genetics work by designing cell-based assays that assess genetic variant causality and she/he/they will collaborate with the group’s bioinformaticians to produce whole genome sequencing libraries in support of ongoing functional genomics work. The postholder will have the opportunity to participate in international collaboration and present finding at international meetings. Additional training opportunities will be made available to the postholder to enhance career development.

The position will be on grade 7 (£33,797 – £40,322) and is available initially until March 31st, 2021. Pending successful renewal of the Roslin Institute’s strategic funding, the position will be extended. Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr James Prendergast (

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role addressing the criteria set out in the skills section.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Advanced degree (PhD or MSc with compensatory experience) in a relevant discipline such as cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, regenerative medicine
  • Experience creating, maintaining, and characterising pluripotent cells (eg, ESCs, PGCs and/or iPSCs)
  • Broad knowledge and experience with molecular biology techniques including cloning and plasmid modification
  • Knowledge and experience in propagating primary cell types and pluripotent cell derivatives.
  • Experience of designing and executing multiple research projects.

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