Job in Conservation Genetics at Edinburgh Zoo – deadline 18th Jan 2021

“Research Scientist – (3 years Fixed Term)

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 committed, compassionate and conservation-minded individuals to join our expert staff 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 Research Scientist (Conservation Genetics) to join the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s WildGenes lab. Reporting to the Conservation Programme Manager (WildGenes), the Research Scientist will assist with the analysis of applied conservation genetic research data delivered by the RZSS WildGenes laboratory.

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant genetics discipline such as Conservation Genetics or Population Genetics/Genomics and a desire to work as part of our team to support conservation projects around the globe.


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

Closing date: Monday 18th January 2021.

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

For any questions and queries, please email Dr Alex Ball at quoting “Research Scientist” 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”

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes and hopefully a much happier 2021!


Alex Ball

WildGenes Programme Manager
0131 314 0388

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