Senior Programmer Geneticist - EGENES

Roslin Institute Building near Edinburgh (GB)
£37,710 - £44,132 per annum
30 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
19 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

This is an opportunity to be a major contributor in a team working closely with the livestock industry providing routine genetic/genomic evaluations and decision support tools for farmers. The successful candidate will work within an integrated group of 20 programmers and geneticists, 9 of which work within EGENES. Our work is very high pressure, time dependant but varied and interesting ranging from routine evaluations through to researching new phenotypes predicted from milk MIR and developed with Deep Learning. For instance, recently, we succeeded in the use of milk mid-infra-red spectral data for Bovine tuberculosis prediction at the industry level and currently going through field trials, and we are looking to implement similar strategies for other complex traits such as feed intake.

We investigate hardware acceleration of compute intensive processes on GPUs and FPGAs and are constantly investigating new and better ways of doing things. We have an institutional relationship with NVIDIA to use machine learning and accelerated computing through GPUs. We use an NVIDIA DGX station with 4 GPUs with 20,000 cores that processes 30billion spectral data points. Every day is different in EGENES and the team is highly focused on delivering on time every time providing a very supportive and team based work environment.

We are seeking an enthusiastic technical programmer/systems engineer who can take a major role in EGENES working closely with the geneticists (Professor Raph Mrode, Dr Samir Id Lahoucine, Professor Mike Coffey) and the programming team to deliver, efficiently and consistently, genetic evaluations of the highest quality. A less experienced programmer with the right approach and attitude may be considered. It is expected that the candidate will undertake programming and systems engineering to develop or support genetic evaluation methodologies including creating and maintaining databases, imputation strategies with very large datasets, programming strategies to maximise time to delivery, updating/improving existing code and/or strategies, developing emergency data storage and retrieval plans. It will be expected that the candidate should be versatile in several programming and scripting languages. We work with dairy and beef cattle, sheep, dairy goats, pigs.

The role requires good communication skills as there will be regular client contact for development and testing purposes to ensure the evaluations meets their specification.

Required Skills/Qualifications: 

  • A degree level qualification in computing science OR sufficient experience
  • Excellent numerical and statistical powers
  • Programming experience and the ability to learn new languages
  • Good communication ability
  • Good analytical/problem solving skills
  • Excellent team player skills
  • Attention to detail

Highly Desirable Skills:

  • SQL Server experience
  • Powershell and batch Scripting
  • Knowledge of Containers technology (Docker)
  • Linux cluster and SLURM cluster management and job scheduling
  • Large data handling experience
  • Knowledge of computer security programs
  • Genetic evaluation experience

It is essential that you possess proven experience of large data handling and Genetic/genomic evaluations, programming and quantitative genetics.

Further details on the requirements of this role can be found in the Job Description document which you must read before applying for this role. This is downloadable when you click APPLY link.

Closing date: 19 September 2021