Research Scientist

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join our Conservation Team as Research Scientist – Based within the RZSS WildGenes lab at Edinburgh Zoo this role will involve working within a small team of technicians and post-doctoral level research scientists working together to deliver on around 10-15 conservation genetic projects annually.

In this role you’ll initiate, implement and disseminate conservation genetics projects at the WildGenes laboratory, to agreed standards under appropriate guidance and direction, in support of RZSS’s vision and mission.

Some of the things you’ll be doing

  • To take responsibility for delivery of DNA based projects being run by the WildGenes lab, to include experimental design and reporting, in addition to DNA analysis.
  • To contribute to the dissemination of WildGenes research through the preparation of project reports and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • To represent the Society at external meetings and conferences nationally and internationally in the role of a research scientist with specialist knowledge of conservation genetics.
  • Through the delivery of projects, proactively develop people within the team and work in collaboration with external partners.
  • As required and working with the Programme manager ensure individuals have the skills, systems and procedures appropriate to their particular operation/service to meet and/or exceed the needs of their stakeholders including our visitors.

What we’re looking for

  • PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Ability to apply knowledge regarding the application of population genetics to wildlife conservation management.
  • Track record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Ability to collaborate with a range of external partners including scientific and applied conservation organisations.
  • Proficient in presenting research outputs to a range of audiences.
  • Experience of standard molecular genetic laboratory techniques.
  • Experience of population genetic and genomic data analysis.
  • Experience of project management

This is a full-time permanent role where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week.

Closing date: ​18th January 2021.

Invitation to interview will be by email/phone and interviews will likely take place during the week commencing 8th February 2021.

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Key Information








Full Time


Postgraduate, Senior


Biodiversity, Nature & Wildlife, Research


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

18th January 2021 at 12:00am

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