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.

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