Post-Doctoral Research Fellow



Job description


A post-doctoral position is available to study the genetic basis of resistance and genomic selection in Nile tilapia. The post is within the Professor Ross Houston’s laboratory, part of the Division of Genetics and Genomics at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

The post is in collaboration with WorldFish and the research will target development and application of genomic tools to enable genomic selection for improvement of the genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) strain. This post will involve estimation of genetic parameters and testing of genomic selection methods for disease resistance and other complex traits, including incorporating high-throughput sequencing and genotyping data.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a PhD or be near to completing a PhD in a related field (i.e quantitative genetics / animal breeding). He / she will require experience of analysing high throughput sequence / genotype data, and incorporating such data into quantitative genetic models. Project management experience and a track record of successful oral and written communication of scientific results in a related field are also essential.

This post will offer the opportunity to work in a rapidly developing area of aquaculture genomics and selective breeding. The successful candidate will have the chance to collaborate with WorldFish and other leading academic researchers in the field and to present results at (inter)national meetings and conferences.

The post is available immediately for 42 months with the possibility of extension.

For informal enquiries, please contact

Reference: 045836

Closing Date: 29th November 2018

How to apply

For further particulars and to submit an application, visit the University of Edinburgh’s website.

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