Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy

Applications are invited for a permanent post with Xelect Ltd, the fast-growing aquaculture genetics service company based in St Andrews, Scotland. We are looking for highly motivated and organised individuals, wanting to build a career in the aquaculture industry.

Laboratory Technician, molecular biology. £19,000 p/a. Full time.

Main duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Laboratory Manager, the main responsibilities of this position will be routine DNA extraction of tissue samples, ploidy analysis of eyed ova and sex determination by qPCR, according to standard operating procedures. Applicants will be expected to work accurately and efficiently in a fast-paced and continuously evolving environment, to meet deadlines whilst maintaining strict quality standards. Applicants should be capable of working independently as well as supporting the team where necessary in various lab activities. There will also be the opportunity to further develop your molecular and data analysis skills by carrying out small independent research projects for various customers.

Essential

  • Minimum qualification HND/Degree level in a relevant scientific subject or are currently working in a laboratory environment in industry or academia.
  • At least 2 years practical experience in a range of molecular techniques e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR.
  • Ability to work in a faced paced environment while maintaining strict quality standards.
  • Ability to adhere to documented laboratory and data management workflows.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven attention to detail.
  • Good communication and troubleshooting skills.
  • Good computer and report writing skills.

Desirable

  • Experience in aquaculture or population genetics.
  • Experience in the R programming language.

The post is available immediately, with a mutually agreed starting date. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of two referees. Informal enquires should be made to Dr Tom Ashton (01334 845204).

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