SCOTLAND'S RURAL COLLEGE

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant - Tropical Dairy Genetics/Genomics

Location
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
Posted
03 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT – TROPICAL DAIRY GENETICS/GENOMICS
Edinburgh
£29,927 - £35,124 per annum
Ref: R/FFS/085/18 

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.

SRUC wishes to expand its activities in dairy teaching, research, and consultancy - supporting new initiatives both in the UK and internationally as part of the Edinburgh node of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded initiative. 

A brief summary of the role is shown below. A fuller job description for each is available for download from our website. 

Post-doctoral Research Assistant:  Tropical Dairy Genetics/Genomics - Edinburgh:  
The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics & Health (CTLGH) and its founding partners are seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist in the field of the analysis and development and use of computational methods to analyse large genomic datasets, with a focus on tropical livestock genetics and health. 

The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) was established through a collaborative framework agreement between The University Court of the University of Edinburgh acting through its Roslin Institute, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). CTLGH currently operates in 2 major locations/nodes: Edinburgh (Scotland) and Nairobi (Kenya). CTLGH provides a framework for the founding partners and other stakeholders to mobilize the latest genetics and genomics sciences breakthroughs to develop innovative tools and solutions to drive tropical livestock productivity and resilience; and particularly in small holder farming systems in LMICs (low and middle-income countries). Under the auspices of CTLGH, the parties sought and received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the UK BBSRC to support programmes under the following initiative: Genomic Tools to Improve the Productivity of Tropical Livestock and Increase Climatic Resilience, Adaptation, and Mitigation for the Benefit of Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Job Purpose 
CTLGH and its founding partners are seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist in the field of the analysis and development and use of computational methods to analyse large genomic datasets, with a focus on tropical livestock genetics and health. We are looking to recruit someone with demonstrable skills in relation to the analysis of large genomic datasets, particularly analytical approaches that underpins the developments in genome wide association studies and genomic selection. We can and will provide any additional training and exposure to bioinformatics and computational biology. There will be the opportunity to assist with existing research programmes, and to help design and run new research programmes within the remit of tropical livestock genetics and health. 

Responsibilities:

  • Bioinformatics: analysis of data; pipeline construction.
  • Take a lead role in the writing up of results for publication and the dissemination of sequencing data into the public domain.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to collaborators within and outwith CTLGH. 
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in the field of bioinformatics and genomics.

Role Dimensions 

  • The research of CTLGH is focussed on the development of tools to support the delivery of genetic gains for tropical livestock development. Current CTLGH investments and more specifically, the joint BMGF and DFID investments focus on the following outcomes:
  1. Development and delivery of genomics and metagenomics-based technologies to optimize existing potential and transform future potential of tropical dairy cattle
  2. Development and delivery of genomics and metagenomics-based technologies to optimize existing potential and transform future potential of tropical poultry
  3. Establishment of CTLGH as a tropical livestock research and development flagship centre equipped with appropriate human, technical and partnership resources 
  • The post holder will work under the guidance of Prof Eileen Wall and the new CTLGH Professor in Tropical dairy genetics/genomics  based  in Edinburgh plus Dr Karen Marshall in Nairobi to achieve these goals. 
  • The post holder will be expected to liaise and collaborate with the proposed Professor (or Reader) in Global Dairy Systems to be appointed at the Dairy Research and Innovation Centre in Dumfries and with the Senior Research Fellow/ Reader (Professor in  Topical dairy genetics/genomics based  in Edinburgh)

The post is for 30 months in the 1st instance.

Experience & Qualifications required 
Applicants will hold (or shortly expect to hold) a  PhD or have equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline. You should possess demonstrable skills in relation to the analysis of large genomic datasets, particularly analytical approaches that underpins the developments in genome wide association studies and genomic selection. We can and will provide any additional training and exposure to bioinformatics and computational biology. There will be the opportunity to assist with existing research programmes, and to help design and run new research programmes within the remit of tropical livestock genetics and health.

The closing date for all applications is midnight on 1 November 2018.