KTP Associate in Artemia Quantitative Genetics and Breeding

Closes: 21 May 2024

Location: Roslin Institute Building, Roslin, EH25 9RG, GB (100% On-campus)

Contract Type: Fixed Term, 24 Months

Salary: £41,732 per annum

About the Role

Aquanzo (Edinburgh & St. Andrews) and The Roslin Institute (Edinburgh) have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop and implement a breeding programme for artemia farming and pioneer scalable, affordable, improved, and sustainable artemia eggs for the aquaculture hatchery industry. We seek an independent and motivated KTP Associate to drive this ambitious project. The post-holder will conduct research and implementation of the quantitative genetics and breeding for artemia in collaboration with Aquanzo.

Aquanzo is an AgriTech startup based in St Andrews pioneering the transition of marine ingredients from harvesting to farming. To achieve that, they are paving the way to domesticate a marine zooplankton (artemia) and developing technologies to secure the future of sustainable aquaculture.

The Roslin Institute is a world-class centre for research on the quantitative genetics of populations, particularly in livestock, companion animals, aquaculture, forests, and crops.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week). The post-holder will work with Dr Remi Gratacap and Stefanie Lobnig at Aquanzo in Edinburgh and St Andrews, supported by Prof Gregor Gorjanc and Dr Ivan Pocrnic and their labs within The Roslin Institute (Quantitative Biology division) on the Easter Bush Campus in Edinburgh.

The post comes with a significant training and travel budget for personal and professional development. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Remi Gratacap (remi [at] aquanzo [dot] com), Prof Gregor Gorjanc (gregor [dot] gorjanc [at] roslin [dot] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk), or Dr Ivan Pocrnic (ivan [dot] pocrnic [at] roslin [dot] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk).

Your skills and attributes for success:
  • You are passionate about genetic management and population improvement and want to impact the aquaculture industry practically.
  • You either come from a quantitative genetics and breeding background or a bioinformatics background, intending to learn how to apply the other background. 
  • You are independent, organised, and thrive in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams working in a rapidly emerging sector.

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