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Position: Geneticist - EGENES
Institution: Scotland's Rural College
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duties: We’re seeking a geneticist with experience of solving problems in genetic and genomic evaluations, one that can work within in a team and generate confidence in customers. A geneticist with a passion for making a change to the population of animals and the farmers that breed them would be considered an attractive proposition
Requirements: A post doctorate qualification in quantitative genetics. Excellent numerical and statistical powers. Programming experience and the ability to learn new languages. Good communication ability. Good analytical/problem solving skills
   
Text: Job Vacancies: Geneticist EGENES, Edinburgh Type Fixed term Job title Geneticist EGENES, Edinburgh Salary £34,323 - £46,488 Location Bush Estate near Edinburgh Description GENETICIST IN EGENES Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh £34,323 - £46,488 per annum REF: R/AVS/056/18 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. Edinburgh Genetic Evaluation Services (EGENES) is the unit within SRUC that undertakes national genetic and genomic evaluations for dairy, beef, sheep and goats. It is a world class centre operating to ICAR standards utilising high performance computing and employing one of the largest reference population of genotypes in the world. Whilst EGENES operates independently producing evaluations for its customers, those same customers enjoy the benefit of EGENES being tightly integrated with the Animal Breeding and Genomics Team meaning research activity has a very short route to market. Researchers and EGENES work very closely together resulting in a very rewarding and fast moving environment for all concerned. Our work is varied and interesting ranging from routine evaluations through to researching new phenotypes predicted from milk MIR and developed with Deep Learning. We investigate hardware acceleration of compute intensive processes and are constantly investigating new and better ways of doing things. Every day is different in EGENES. This is an opportunity to be part of a very vibrant team developing new indexes and breeding tools for farmers leading to improvements in outputs and profitability. The successful candidate will work within an integrated group of around 25 programmers and geneticists, 5 of which work directly in EGENES. We’re seeking a geneticist with experience of solving problems in genetic and genomic evaluations, one that can work within in a team and generate confidence in customers. A geneticist with a passion for making a change to the population of animals and the farmers that breed them would be considered an attractive proposition. It is as much the person as the experience that is important. EGENES is continuously developing new traits, improving existing models and procedures, contributing to ongoing research and interacting with the industry. The role requires good communication skills as there will be regular client contact. The ability to work within a team of dedicated people is an absolute must and the willingness to work until the job is done helps EGENES meet its deadlines. This implies working evenings and weekends on some occasions. It is expected that the candidate will undertake necessary research to underpin practical application of developments in genetic evaluation methodologies. Required Skills: • A post doctorate qualification in quantitative genetics • Excellent numerical and statistical powers • Programming experience and the ability to learn new languages • Good communication ability • Good analytical/problem solving skills • Excellent team player skills • Attention to detail Desirable Skills: • SQL Server experience • FORTRAN • Scripting • Large data handling experience • Experience with genetic evaluations Benefits: • Salary range £34,323 to £46,488 (subject to experience) • SRUC has a Flexible Working policy on discussion with the line manager. Please note this post is fixed term until 31st March 2020 in the first instance. Closing date: 15 July 2018 Important information Please download and read the following information before proceeding with your application: Job Particulars: Geneticist EGENES Apply To apply for this role, please click APPLY . Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form. 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 Closing date 15th July 2018
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