Professorial Group Leader in Reproductive Biotechnologies

University of Edinburgh
November 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:£63,673
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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  • Roslin Institute Building, Roslin, EH25 9RG, GB
  • Posting Date

    12/16/2022, 05:50 PM

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    02/11/2023, 12:00 AM

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    Open Ended

    Job Description

    UE10, salary from £63,673 per annum

    The Roslin Institute

    Open ended contract

    Full time, 35 hours per week

    We are looking for a Professorial Group Leader in Reproductive Biotechnologies

    The Opportunity:

    We are seeking to appoint a highly-established researcher to lead an independent research programme seeking to develop pioneering biotechnological interventions in agricultural livestock. We expect the successful candidate to have an internationally-leading research profile, evidenced by substantial success in acquiring independent funding as principal investigator, matched to a strong track record of publishing in high-impact journals. We are particularly interested in candidates who routinely exploit cloning, pluripotent or other stem cells, and/or in vitro gametogenesis, and who would benefit from the availability of state-of-the-art technology platforms and large animal facilities at The Roslin Institute including the newly established Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility (LARIF).

    The position, which would complement existing expertise in the above areas in the Roslin Institute, offers the opportunity to steer the direction of animal biotechnology research at the University of Edinburgh. We have an ambitious strategic vision for the future, with Reproductive Biotechnology being one of the core pillars within our Agri-tech strategy. The Roslin Institute through strategic funding by the BBSRC will support this position with a core scientist post.

    The Institute seeks to make one senior appointment at Chair level in the broad area of Reproductive Biotechnologies, but enquires from individuals at an earlier career stage are encouraged to discuss future recruitment opportunities.

    Prospective candidates wishing to discuss the appointment or visit the institute should, in the first instance, contact Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Director of the Roslin Institute, telephone 0131 651 9181; E-mail [email protected] or Prof Mike McGrew E-mail: [email protected] , or Prof Xavier Donadeu [email protected];om/ed/ac/uk

    Your skills and attributes for success:

    We are seeking candidates with a proven track record in quantitative genetics and genomics, with industry-related experience as a bonus. We are looking for a team player, with a strong record of sustained publication of international quality, and the drive and potential to make an outstanding contribution to the research activities and intellectual life of the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute. We will look for evidence of successful interaction with multidisciplinary research groups, external funding applications and a strategy to grow this area of research further. Additionally, we seek someone that is enthusiastic about graduate education and interested in leading the development of research programmes and academic administration.

    Click here for a copy of the full job description.

    As a valued member of our team you can expect:

    An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

    The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

    Interviews will be confirmed in due time.

    If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages

    The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office's English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

    About Us

    As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow's greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

    About the Team

    The Roslin Institute is a world-leading centre for animal bioscience research and has a distinctive niche within the UK National Institutes of Bioscience, supported strategically by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The Institute moved to a new £60M state-of-the-art building at the Easter Bush Campus in 2011, which is now occupied by > 670 people including ~ 65 Group Leaders and Career Track Fellows, other research and support staff, students and visitors and ~90 staff from Scotland's Rural College. The Institute has a vibrant programme of postgraduate research, with 176 PhD students registered at the time of writing. Research at the Institute is organised across three research divisions (Genetics & Genomics, Infection & Immunity and Developmental Biology) and three Institute Strategic Programmes (BBSRC funded from 2017-2022) that integrate many disciplines (Blueprints for Healthy Animals, Control of Infectious Diseases and Improving Animal Productivity & Welfare). Crosscutting themes in Epidemiology and Population Health and in Clinical Sciences link research at the Institute to clinical activities in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and support the research activities of clinical academic staff. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), a joint submission from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute and Scotland's Rural College was ranked 1st by research power (volume x quality) in the category of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science.

    Over £200M has been invested in physical infrastructure at Easter Bush since 2008, including recently in the National Avian Research Facility and the Charnock Bradley Building, which houses the Roslin Innovation Centre – an incubator space for agritech start-up companies and spin out companies to commercialise the Institute's intellectual property. Investments continue, as the Institute is a major partner in the new Agri-Tech Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, which together with the University, funds the construction of a £25 M Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility. The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, primed by investment from the Gates Foundation and Department for International Development, aims to unlock the genetic potential of farmed animals by dissecting genotype-by-environment interactions to sustainably improve animal productivity in low- and middle- income countries.

    The Institute's income exceeds £30M p.a., around 50% of which derives from the BBSRC via strategic and competitive funding. Our focus on improving farming systems, animal productivity and welfare, and the control of animal and zoonotic diseases is key to delivery of the BBSRC's strategic priorities for Agriculture & Food Security, Veterinary Vaccinology and Bioscience for Health. This research is expedited by extensive interactions with industry, including via ongoing platform agreements with major animal breeding and pharmaceutical companies. The addition of our own £15M equity-funded commercialisation vehicle, Roslin Technologies Ltd, will accelerate translation of research at the Institute in the years to come. The Institute holds a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science.

    Further details of the research conducted at the Institute can be found at https: // www.

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