Reader in Tropical Dairy Genetics/Genomics
SRUC
Edinburgh, GB
3d ago

Description

The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) is a joint initiative between Scotland’s Rural College, the University of Edinburgh and The International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya funded to support programmes under the following initiative : CTLGH is hosted and managed by the Roslin Institute on behalf of other partners and currently operates in 2 major locations / nodes : Edinburgh (Scotland) and Nairobi (Kenya).

CTLGH and its founding partners are seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist in the field of Tropical Dairy Genetics / Genomics.

The post holder will in the first instance joint an existing team to coordinate activities and lead the implementation of the body work with the vision of harnessing the genetic potential to increase tropical bovine climatic adaptation and to improve productivity.

The post holder will also be required to develop and execute research and capacity building activities focused on genetic dissection of priority traits to support tropical cattle productivity, adaptability, resilience and feed utilisation efficiency at the two CTLGH nodes and also spend considerable time at the Nairobi node.

  • To contribute to the implementation and further development of the a set of existing research projects under CTLGH tropical dairy genomics programme with the following outputs : i) define and characterize tropical cattle adaptability / resilience or productivity traits such as heat tolerance, lactation persistency, tropical cow fertility and efficiency of local fodder utilization, ii) generate high resolution genotypes and phenotypes on local and exotic cattle and confirm associations of putative causal variants linked to cattle adaptability / resilience or productivity traits, iii) develop genomic tools and / or prediction algorithms to aid the selection of superior dairy cattle, in collaboration with the African Dairy Genetics Gains (ADGG) programme;
  • iv) identify (including from literature) cattle adaptability / resilience or productivity genetic variants for use as proof of concept in relation to producing genome-

    edited animals.The initial areas of research that the post holder will be required to undertake are largely focused on the analysis of dairy genomic and phenotypic data.

  • To coordinate with CTLGH leadership and programme 1 team to ensure timely reporting of results and other outputs to current and prospective funders and collaborators.
  • To contribute to regular communication and knowledge dissemination activities on behalf of CTLGH and its partners and develop novel initiatives in this field within the international scientific and donor community.
  • This includes publishing research findings of high quality and impact in a timely manner in the refereed scientific literature.

  • Lead funding bids to support personal research and to work in close coordination with CTLGH leadership to contribute to other wider and larger funding bids
  • To contribute to capacity building as required by CTLGH and its founding partners and actively participate in the development of CTLGH research strategy.
  • The research of CTLGH is focussed on the development of tools to support the delivery of genetic gains for tropical livestock development.
  • Current CTLGH investments and more specifically, the joint BMGF and DFID investments focus on the following outcomes :

  • Development and delivery of genomics and metagenomics based technologies to optimize existing potential and transform future potential of tropical dairy cattle.
  • Development and delivery of genomics and metagenomics based technologies to optimize existing potential and transform future potential of tropical poultry.
  • Establishment of CTLGH as a tropical livestock research and development flagship centre equipped with appropriate human, technical and partnership resources.
  • The post holder will work closely and support Prof Appolinaire Djikeng the Director - Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health and existing research leads in Edinburgh (Prof Eileen Wall in Edinburgh and Dr Karen Marshall in Nairobi).
  • Develop and lead an externally-funded programme of research on dairy systems.
  • The post is initially for 3 years in the 1st instance but the long term objective for this post is to support the positioning of CTLGH as a leading research and development centre for tropical livestock production.

  • Applicants will hold a PhD in a field directly related to Dairy Genetics / Genomics or have equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline.
  • Candidates should have an international profile in a relevant discipline with sustained delivery of innovation and eminent research in the field.
  • A track record of successful grant applications and high-quality publications related to this field is essential.
  • Possess demonstrable academic leadership and proven experience of developing strategic links that will benefit the organisation and beyond to supplement our strengths and increase our standing as a teaching and research institution.
  • Experience of defining and characterizing tropical cattle adaptability / resilience or productivity traits such as heat tolerance, lactation persistency, tropical cow fertility and efficiency of local fodder utilization
  • Experience of generating high resolution genotypes and phenotypes on local and exotic cattle to confirm associations of putative causal variants linked to cattle adaptability / resilience or productivity traits.
  • Experience of developing genomic tools and / or prediction algorithms to aid the selection of superior dairy cattle
  • Experience of identifying (including from literature) cattle adaptability / resilience or productivity genetic variants for use as proof of concept in relation to producing genome-
  • edited animals. The initial areas of research that the post holder will be required to undertake are largely focused on the analysis of dairy genomic and phenotypic data.

  • Experience of developing tools to support the delivery of genetic gains for tropical livestock development.
  • The closing date for all applications is midnight on

    SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the Disability Confident Employer symbol.

    SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

    SRUC. A Charitable company limited by guarantee, SC003712. Registered in Scotland No SC10304

    27 June 2019

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