VACANCY: Scientific Officer

Permanent position. Full time. Competitive salary, depending on experience.

Xelect Ltd is a leading aquaculture genetics service provider, based in St Andrews, Scotland, providing genetic services to the aquaculture industry worldwide, serving customers in 20 countries. We offer complete genetics support to breeding programmes for multiple species of fish and shellfish, alongside expert consultancy on broodstock and aquaculture operations.

Xelect has well equipped offices, a modern genetics laboratory and DNA sequencing facility. Our core business is breeding programme management services which requires routine genotyping of broodstock samples throughout the year, as well as additional express genetics services for small producers. Xelect also offers a unique staff development programme which includes staff training, seminars and tradeshow attendance.

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and highly motivated professional to join our growing laboratory team based at our headquarters in St. Andrews, Scotland. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing routine laboratory procedures in accordance to well documented SOPs, to ensure smooth delivery of our services. This requires flexibility, high accuracy and efficiency in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment. The candidate will have a good understanding of molecular biology techniques, as well as the ability to process and analyse data and subsequent compiling of client reports when needed. They will also be expected to have excellent organisational and time management abilities, be able to work effectively as a member of a team and have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.

Essential skills:

  • BSc, MSc and/or PhD in molecular biology & genetics or proven relevant academic or industrial experience.
  • Strong expertise and knowledge in a range of molecular techniques, particularly DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, SNP genotyping and preparing libraries for Next Generation Sequencing.
  • Strong attention to detail and adherence to SOPs & GLPs.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently when required.
  • Ability to foresee and troubleshoot issues independently.
  • Proven time management and efficiency.
  • Excellent data recording and management, and computer literacy skills.

Desirable skills:

  • Practical experience with emerging sequencing technologies (e.g. Illumina, Oxford Nanopore etc).
  • Proficiency with programming languages such as R and Python.
  • Bioinformatics training
  • Basic knowledge of statistics.
  • Basic knowledge of aquaculture breeding and genetics.

Further details:

  • Monday to Friday working week
  • Ability to reliably commute / relocate to St Andrews

To apply please send a current CV and a covering letter to hello@xelect.co.uk, along with contact details of two referees. References will only be contacted after a successful interview.