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The Roslin Institute is Scotland’s world-class centre for research on the quantitative genetics in livestock and companion animals. Within the Roslin institute, the AlphaGenes group is one of the world’s leading labs that combines research towards both crop and livestock breeding, in close direct collaboration with the breeding industry. Under the supervision of prof John Hickey, the group has produced some of the largest crop and livestock datasets ever, and has explored and published innovative breeding strategies taking the use of genomic selection in the breeding to a next level. Within our group, next to a top-scientific ambition, we highly value a collaborative spirit and a “can-do” mentality.

In the period 2020-2022, the AlphaGenes group will participate in the Excellence in Breeding program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Within our laboratory, an advanced breeding simulation platform will be developed, that is aiming at a broad user group in breeding and R&D. With this platform, novel breeding strategies will be developed both for large commercial crop breeding programs, but also for smaller scale, collaborative breeding. This program is carried out in close collaboration with our colleagues at CIMMYT (Mexico) and the University of Wisconsin (USA).

To make this program to a success, we would like to strengthen our team with new colleagues at the following vacant position:

Post-doctoral researcher in quantitative genetics

The postholder will develop the quantitative theory behind the novel breeding simulation platform and develop a substantial part of its modules. Next to this, he or she will conduct research towards superior breeding strategies. Given the diverse challenges of this post, the successful applicant may have (or be close to having) a PhD in Breeding, Quantitative Genetics, Statistics or some related area. Experience in development in programming languages such as R, C/C++ or Python is essential. Key is the ability to work within the group and to contribute to the project goals.

The total EiB team in Edinburgh will consist of 7 people.

Successful applicant will become part of a large team of computational biologists, animal and plant breeders, quantitative geneticists, genomicists, computer scientists and bio physicists. Next to the activities in the Excellence in Breeding program, you will actively contribute to the development of methods and tools in other projects within the research group.

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 18 months with immediate start. Working hours from Monday to Friday 35 hours per week.

Informal enquires can be made to John Hickey (John.Hickey@roslin.ed.ac.uk)

Link: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=051780

Closing date: 13th July 2020

The Roslin Institute is Scotland’s world-class centre for research on the quantitative genetics in livestock and companion animals. Within the Roslin institute, the AlphaGenes group is one of the world’s leading labs that combines research towards both crop and livestock breeding, in close direct collaboration with the breeding industry. Under the supervision of prof John Hickey, the group has produced some of the largest crop and livestock datasets ever, and has explored and published innovative breeding strategies taking the use of genomic selection in the breeding to a next level. Within our group, next to a top-scientific ambition, we highly value a collaborative spirit and a “can-do” mentality.

In the period 2020-2022, the AlphaGenes group will participate in the Excellence in Breeding program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Within our laboratory, an advanced breeding simulation platform will be developed, that is aiming at a broad user group in breeding and R&D. With this platform, novel breeding strategies will be developed both for large commercial crop breeding programs, but also for smaller scale, collaborative breeding. This program is carried out in close collaboration with our colleagues at CIMMYT (Mexico) and the University of Wisconsin (USA).

To make this program to a success, we would like to strengthen our team with new colleagues at the following vacant position:

Post-doctoral researcher in quantitative genetics

The postholder will develop the quantitative theory behind the novel breeding simulation platform and develop a substantial part of its modules. Next to this, he or she will conduct research towards superior breeding strategies. Given the diverse challenges of this post, the successful applicant may have (or be close to having) a PhD in Breeding, Quantitative Genetics, Statistics or some related area. Experience in development in programming languages such as R, C/C++ or Python is essential. Key is the ability to work within the group and to contribute to the project goals.

The total EiB team in Edinburgh will consist of 7 people.

Successful applicants will become part of a large team of computational biologists, animal and plant breeders, quantitative geneticists, genomicists, computer scientists and bio physicists. Next to the activities in the Excellence in Breeding program, you will actively contribute to the development of methods and tools in other projects within the research group.

Both positions are fixed term posts; one post is 18 months, the other until 31 October 2022, both with immediate start. Monday to Friday 35 hours per week.

Informal enquires can be made to John Hickey (John.Hickey@roslin.ed.ac.uk)

Link: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=051780

Closing date: 9 April 2020

Scientific software engineer

The Roslin Institute is Scotland’s world-class centre for research on the quantitative genetics in livestock and companion animals. Within the Roslin institute, the AlphaGenes group is one of the world’s leading labs that combines research towards both crop and livestock breeding, in close direct collaboration with the breeding industry. Under the supervision of prof John Hickey, the group has produced some of the largest crop and livestock datasets ever, and has explored and published innovative breeding strategies taking the use of genomic selection in the breeding to a next level. Within our group, next to a top-scientific ambition, we highly value a collaborative spirit and a “can-do” mentality.

In the period 2020-2022, the AlphaGenes group will participate in the Excellence in Breeding program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Within our laboratory, an advanced breeding simulation platform will be developed, that is aiming at a broad user group in breeding and R&D. With this platform, novel breeding strategies will be developed both for large commercial crop breeding programs, but also for smaller scale, collaborative breeding. This program is carried out in close collaboration with our colleagues at CIMMYT (Mexico) and the University of Wisconsin (USA).

To make this program to a success, we would like to strengthen our team with new colleagues at the following vacant position:

Scientific software engineer

The postholder of this position will work together with the postdoctoral researcher and will ensure that the novel platform is software of a higher, professional level. We expect major contributions towards software design and development, making sure that the final product is stable, versatile, fast and easily accessible to the users. Next to the development of modules, the postholder will add to the platform a series of graphical user interphases. We expect candidate to have extensive experience in OOP in several computer languages in a scientific context, and at least some experience in the development within the statistical environment R. The successful candidate is obsessed by solving problems and does not stop until the optimal result has been reached.

The total EiB team in Edinburgh will consist of 7 people.

Successful applicants will become part of a large team of computational biologists, animal and plant breeders, quantitative geneticists, genomicists, computer scientists and bio physicists. Next to the activities in the Excellence in Breeding program, you will actively contribute to the development of methods and tools in other projects within the research group.

This is a fixed term post until 31 October 2022 with immediate start. Monday to Friday 35 hours per week.

Informal enquiries can be made to John Hickey (John.Hickey@roslin.ed.ac.uk).

Link: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=051732

Closing date: 6 April 2020

Postdoctoral researchers

In the AlphaGenes group, part of the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh), multiple 3- year positions are available for postdoctoral researchers. The group of prof John Hickey is one of the world’s leading research labs in both crop and livestock breeding strategies and works in close direct collaboration with the industry. More info on the group’s activities can be found on https://alphagenes.roslin.ed.ac.uk/wp/

The postdocs are expected to work on one of the research topics listed below, but should also have the flexibility to collaborate with group colleagues in other research.

1. Breeding program design simulations in crops
2. Algorithms and method development (imputation and statistical models for genomic prediction in crops and animals)
3. Use of bioinformatic predictors of function to discover causal variants in one of the largest pig sequence/phenotype data set in the world
4. Genomic prediction and GWAS in pigs and poultry using hundreds of thousands of animals with sequence and phenotype data

Please note that applicants that have been working in the UK in the past year are not eligible for these positions. For more information on these positions, please contact prof. John Hickey (john.hickey@roslin.ed.ac.uk).

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