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Research Fellow-Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Research Fellow, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Closing date: 09-Sept-2014

Vacancy ref: 031040

A 3-year post-doctoral post is available in the Division of Genetics and Genomics at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. The post is in the laboratory of Dr Ross Houston, and is funded by the European Union as part of the large collaborative project FISHBOOST (see, which aims to improve selective breeding for aquaculture.
The aim of this post is to investigate the genetic basis of disease resistance in farmed fish populations, including rainbow trout, common carp and European sea bass using RAD sequencing (Baird et al. 2008, Plos One 3:e3376). RAD sequencing has been used in our laboratory to generate single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) datasets in fish populations (e.g. Houston et al. 2012 BMC Genomics 13:244; Gonen et al. 2014 BMC Genomics 15:166). RAD will be applied to disease-challenged populations of farmed fish to map resistance genes.
This post will include aspects of project management, experimental design, preparation of tissue and DNA samples, creation of RAD libraries, bioinformatics analyses of sequencing datasets, quantitative genetic analyses and writing up of results.

Applicants must have a PhD or be near to completing a PhD in the fields of genetics, genomics and/or bioinformatics with experience of laboratory techniques and bioinformatics / genetics analyses using large datasets. Experience of next-generation sequencing analysis would be advantageous. The post-holder will also be expected to have demonstrable skills in project management and the oral and written communication of scientific results.

This post will offer the opportunity to work in the rapidly developing area of aquaculture breeding and genomics. The post-holder will have the chance to collaborate with leading European researchers in the field and to attend international meetings and conferences.

Annual salary of £31,342 to £37,394 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week for 36 months.

For informal enquiries, please contact


1st Student Symposium on Computational Biology and Life Sciences

Regional Students Group of International Society of Computational Biology in the UK

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

Pontypridd, United Kingdom

A guide to writing with others (from Jess)

A guide to writing with others
Do you write collaboratively? Do you want to find out how to write more effectively with your collaborators and students? Then this is the event for you. Next monday we are hosting a mini-workshop to explore the challenges of writing multi-author papers, and to look at ways we can avoid common pitfalls of collaborative writing.
The workshop is being lead by an internationally recognised writing consultant, Dr. Iain Pattern who has over ten years experience helping scientists to improve their written communication (see below for more details).
The workshop would be valuable to researchers of all stages, and all staff and students are welcome to attend.
We will provide coffee and cake during the workshop. If you would like attend please register by emailing Zoe Dunsiger (
Pain-free paper writing – Developing your strategic skills for publication within research groups

When: Monday June 9th at 2.30-5 pm

Where: Alfred Denny Building meeting room A225 – BMS conference room

Writing with others – dealing with the challenge of multi-author publication
Research is typically a collaborative activity.  This mini-workshop will explore the challenges of writing in multi-author groups and look at how we can avoid some of the pitfalls that authors commonly face. Based on an understanding of the writing process and how it can be managed in groups, participants will consider the wider implications for how we approach research in groups and how we interact effectively with colleagues and collaborators throughout the research process.
The seminar covers material on effective writing in general and then looks at how to achieve that in multi-author groups. We look at insights from research on the writing process and what they tell us about effective writing in groups. We also look at publication ethics and the implications for group authorship.

Help with PHASE needed

Hi everyone!

Would anyone be able to help me construct haplotypes with PHASE software? Many thanks Gillian (4th year MBiolSci. working with Terry) or just see me in the lab.

Really Nice 96-well pipette :)

Finally I have found a decent 96-well pipette (will do as low as 0.5ul). Anyone got £15K spare? …and more if you need larger volumes 🙂

They also do ‘manual’ electronic 16-channel pipettes (for easy transfer of 384-well plates).

cheers, Andy.

Poster competition- winners!

Excellent news!
Mauricio has won the “Outstanding Award” at the Biological Sciences Division Annual Poster Competition with his poster “Distribution patterns of a marine snail from the British Isles”
And also Issie and David won “Highly commended” with their house sparrow and aphid research posters.

Accommodation needed

Susana Freitas is coming back to the lab and is looking for somewhere to stay from mid-April for the next few months. Anyone have anything? Email her on

…quite extraordinary :)

My Sustainable Print

This video introduces you to the implementation of My Sustainable Print which is rolling out over the whole of the Uni.

More info. is found on the CICS website

cheers, Andy.


We’ve just advertised a new position at Deakin, a Level B/C position in quantitative ecology (see PD attached), and so I’d really appreciate it if you could circulate this amongst colleagues, postdocs etc  at your University and  networks.  It’s an attractive position, being research intensive for the first 3 years and then an ongoing teaching/research academic role.  It’s a great opportunity for someone to make the transition to an ongoing academic role and join a strong and growing group of ecologists .

As noted in the PD, we’re looking for someone with a track record in quantitative ecology relating to conservation biology, landscape ecology, wildlife biology, fire ecology and/or restoration ecology.  We’re keen to recruit a person who is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with academic colleagues and industry partners.I’m happy to discuss the position with anyone who’d like further information


Prof. Andrew F. Bennett

Assoc. Head of School (Research) and Personal Chair

School of Life and Environmental Sciences