Research Assistant

Organisation: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Salary: Salary Range £25,834.00 - £30,286.00 Per Annum

Location: EH12 6TS

The role

To assist with the implementation and dissemination of conservation genetics projects, to agreed standards and under the appropriate guidance and support within the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) WildGenes team.

Some of the things you’ll do:

To take responsibility for delivery of conservation genetic projects being run by the WildGenes team, to include experimental design, analysis, administration and reporting.
Undertake analyses on a wide variety of genetic datasets, including mitochondrial DNA, microsatellites and SNPs generated via RADseq, target capture or genome resequencing (where required).
To contribute to the dissemination of WildGenes research through the preparation of project reports and/or manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
Where required, work closely with the research scientists on bioinformatic analyses.
Assist the Research Scientist(s), in conducting literature reviews, as well as qualitative and quantitative research.
What we’re looking for:

Educated to MSc level (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline
At least one publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal
Ability to collaborate with a range of external partners including scientific and applied conservation organisations
Experience of population genetic and genomic data analysis including the use of coding in R, unix or similar.
Experience of standard molecular genetic laboratory techniques
What you’ll get in return:

37.5hr working week
34 days annual leave (pro rata)
Access to a healthcare plan
Employer contributory pension scheme
You will receive a staff membership which will give you (and family/friends) free (and discounted) entry to both the Highland Wildlife Park and Edinburgh Zoo as well as a number of other Zoo’s across the UK.
Shortlisting of applications and interviews for this position will take place while the advert is live; the advert will close once a successful candidate has been found. Interested candidates are therefore encouraged to submit applications as quickly as possible.

Application Deadline: Tuesday 28/02/2023