Genomics Technician

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Edinburgh Zoo

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

rzss.org.uk recruitment@rzss.org.uk

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 5th May 2019  


Are you passionate about genetics and conservation? We’re looking for a Genomics Technician to undertake genetic and genomic work, preparing and analysing DNA and to contribute to the day to day running of our Wildgenes Laboratory facility at Edinburgh Zoo.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) are seeking a Genomics Technician to perform wet-lab molecular genetic techniques and assist the Senior Technician with the organisation and running of the Wildgenes lab. This is an exciting opportunity to further your career with one of Scotland’s leading education and conservation charities for a six-month fixed term period based at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.

What you’ll be doing…

The Conservation Wildgenes team are responsible for conducting cutting-edge conservation genetic and genomic research on a large range of threatened taxa and working alongside government agencies, conservation charities and zoos across the world to deliver data, advice, training and capacity building. Essentially, as Genomics Technician, you can expect to:

  • Undertake DNA extraction, amplification, analysis and archiving of samples
  • Works within clearly defined processes and supervision
  • Troubleshoot and optimise procedures and produce protocols as required

This is a 6-month full time fixed term post where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week.

What you’ll need…

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative professional who has the ability to work autonomously in Laboratory conditions. You should be a team player who is highly organised and who can prioritise work to deadlines and maintain high levels of accuracy under pressure. If you have the following, we would love to hear from you:

  • General understanding of conservation biology. A degree or equivalent relevant experience in a biological, biochemical or environmental science is desirable.
  • Experience of working in a molecular genetics’ laboratory and standard molecular genetic laboratory techniques.
  • Experience of PCR based molecular genetic methods
  • Ability to effectively transfer information and knowledge to Line Manager, members of the Wildgenes team, students, visitors and project partners.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Please note that an offer of employment is subject to satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, right to work in the UK and Basic Disclosure Scotland check prior to commencement.

What you’ll get in return…

We also look after our people just as much as we look after our animals and visitors. As well as the fundamental benefits like salary and a Work Place pension, we offer other rewards that can help you financially, can make work a bit easier and make life outside of work a lot more fun! For example, 34 days annual leave allowance, life assurance, friends and family discounts, Employee Assistance Programme and free access to a whole host of other Scottish attractions with our ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions) passes.

We offer more than everyday job satisfaction - as well as our wonderful animals we have a highly professional, diverse and friendly staff community too. So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!

Interested?

To apply, please complete a RZSS application form and recruitment monitoring form and email it to recruitment@rzss.org.uk. Postal applications may also be sent to: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, HR Team, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS.

Closing date: 5th May 2019.

Due to the level of interest in these positions, we are not able to contact each unsuccessful applicant individually. Therefore, if you have not been contacted by June 2019, please assume that you have been unsuccessful this time.

Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction. We are the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS), and for over 100 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity as well as an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction. We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure a sustainable, bright and exciting future. Through our two sites, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, we provide unique and memorable experiences and engage over 750,000 visitors per year in the wonders of the natural world, taking care of over 1,000 rare and endangered animals in safe and stimulating surroundings. The RZSS strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity SC004064.


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