Laboratory technician (Conservation genetics)

Location:   Royal Zoological Society of Scotland – Edinburgh Zoo             

About Us: The charity that owns both RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park are looking for a committed, compassionate and conservation-minded individual to join our WildGenes team. RZSS aims to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction, a mission that sees us work both here in Scotland and in over 20 countries around the world. From inspiring the next generation about wildlife in our parks to protecting chimpanzees in the Ugandan rainforest; looking after some of the world’s most endangered species to saving the Scottish wildcat, RZSS is making a huge difference and we need your help to continue to grow. 

The role: An opportunity has arisen for a committed Laboratory technician (Conservation Genetics) to join the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s WildGenes lab. Reporting to the Conservation Programme Manager (WildGenes), the technician will plan, co-ordinate and perform lab work for delivery of genetic data associated with a wide portfolio of conservation projects. The role requires the holder to maintain a high-quality laboratory environment for the conservation science programme, to agreed standards under appropriate guidance and direction, in support of RZSS’s vision and mission. It is a full-time permanent role working 37.5 hours per week. 

Who we are looking for: The successful candidate will hold a BSc in a biological discipline plus job experience in a relevant scientific role. They will need knowledge of standard molecular genetic laboratory techniques, be able to communicate with a range of project partners including scientific and applied conservation organisations, experience of DNA extraction and PCR based molecular genetic techniques. 

Interested? For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions: 

Closing date:      Sunday 25th July 2021.  

Invitation to interview will be by email/phone and interviews will take place during the 1st/2nd week of August. 

For any questions and queries, please email Dr Alex Ball at quoting “Laboratory technician” as the subject. 

Our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction. The RZSS strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity SC00406 

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