We currently have 2 exciting opportunities to join our team.



Aquaculture Breeding Programme Manager

Full time, permanent

Starting salary £25,000-£30,500 per annum

Xelect Ltd is seeking to appoint a dynamic breeding programme manager to be based at our headquarters in St. Andrews in Scotland. The person appointed would be working directly with and supervised by our Senior Breeding Programme Manager and would be expected to liaise with the rest of the Xelect team of managers, quantitative geneticists, bioinformaticians and molecular biologists. This exciting new role would be ideal for somebody with a keen interest in aquaculture breeding and genetics looking to develop their knowledge and expertise in this rapidly advancing field.

Duties would primarily involve liaison with our clients to review, plan and manage the contracted breeding programmes. This will involve extensive overseas travel. The position would require a comprehensive understanding of the laboratory processes involved including SNP genotyping as well as conduct of the post-laboratory processing and statistical analysis and subsequent compiling of reports and presentations. The successful candidate would be expected to have excellent organisational and time management abilities, be effective within a team and hold outstanding interpersonal skills. See for further details.

Essential skills:

A minimum of a M.Sc. relating to aquaculture, fish reproduction or animal breeding.

Knowledge and experience of hatchery and broodstock systems for finfish and / or shellfish species.

Experience working with aquaculture industry.

Excellent data management and computer literacy skills.

Willing to travel and experience working within other countries.

Laboratory skills in molecular biology including DNA extraction and qPCR techniques.

Basic knowledge of programming platforms including R and Linux.

Desirable skills:

Ph.D. relating to aquaculture, fish reproduction or animal breeding.

Proficiency of programming platforms R and / or Linux.

SNP and microsatellite genotyping techniques.

Ability to converse in another language. Knowledge of one or more of Arabic, French, Mandarin, Spanish or Turkish would be a distinct advantage.

Peer reviewed publications in the field of aquaculture, reproduction or genetics.

Further details about the position and the company are available upon request. To apply please send a current CV and a covering letter, along with contact details of two referees to Informal enquires should be made to Dr Tom Ashton  or Professor Ian Johnston (01334 845204). Closing date Friday 4th May.

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Laboratory Technician

Full time, permanent

Starting salary £18,500- £22,000 per annum

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.


Essential Skills:

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.

Ability to work in a fast 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 skills.

Good computer and report writing skills.


Desirable Skills:

Experience using Next Generation Sequencing technologies

Experience with the program R

Foreign language skills


The position benefits from a highly competitive salary and pension scheme. 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 to

Informal enquires should be made to Dr Tom Ashton  or Professor Ian Johnston (01334 845204). The closing date for the position is 4th May 2018.

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