Aquaculture Breeding Programme Manager

  • Job posted:
  • Terms:
  • Employer:
    Xelect Ltd
  • Hours:
  • Job Title:
    Aquaculture Breeding Programme Manager
  • Salary:
    £25,000.00 to £30,000.00 /year
  • Location:
    St. Andrews KY16

Xelect Ltd is seeking to appoint a dynamic breeding programme manager to be based at our headquarters in St. Andrews in Scotland. Xelect is at the forefront of genetic services to the aquaculture industry worldwide serving 54 customers in 19 countries.

We offer complete genetics support to breeding programs for multiple species of finfish and shellfish. Our service includes genotyping, genetic calculations and practical support in the hatchery. 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:

  • 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. Closing date Friday 4th May.

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