Research Fellow

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 08.04.2019



The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), a collaborative partnership of the University of Edinburgh (acting through the Roslin Institute), Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), wishes to strengthen its funded research programmes by recruiting in the areas of tropical livestock informatics and data science. The position of Research Fellow will be made at UoE Grade 8 (career track fellow) level and based at the Roslin Institute, with cross-appointments at the other CTLGH partner institutions. The post-holder will spend considerable time at the CTLGH Nairobi node.

The successful applicant will have research and leadership interests that mesh with those of the CTLGH partners and contribute to the strategic research priorities of its main funders and investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DfID and BBSRC. They will join a vibrant team of scientists and managers with a common interest in creating an international resource for tropical livestock informatics, data collection and associated management and analysis systems.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop a global research infrastructure and relevant partnerships focused on genetic dissection of priority traits to support tropical livestock productivity, adaptability, resilience and feed utilisation efficiency.

This is a full time postion , hours to be worked 35 hours per week, 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday

Further information can be found here:

Informal enquires to Prof Appolinaire Djikeng ( ) are welcome.

The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) was established through a collaborative framework agreement between the University of Edinburgh (acting through its Roslin Institute), Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), and The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). 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 provides a framework for the founding partners and other stakeholders to mobilize the latest advances in genetics and genomics science to develop innovative tools and solutions to drive tropical livestock productivity and resilience, particularly in small holder farming systems in LMICs (low and middle income countries). Under the auspices of CTLGH, the parties are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the UK BBSRC to support programmes under the following initiative: Genomic Tools to Improve the Productivity of Tropical Livestock and Increase Climatic Resilience, Adaptation, and Mitigation for the Benefit of Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Job Purpose 
CTLGH and its founding partners are seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist in the field of Tropical Livestock Informatics/Bioinformatics and Data Science/Systems. The appointment will be made by the University of Edinburgh and the post holder primary affiliation will be the University of Edinburgh (The Roslin Institute) with formal joint appointments with SRUC and/or ILRI. The post holder will in the first instance joint an existing team to contribute to the implementation of a body of work with the vision of creating an international resource for tropical livestock informatics, data collections, management and analysis systems. The post holder will also be required to develop and conduct research and capacity building activities focused on genetic dissection of priority traits to support tropical livestock productivity, adaptability, resilience and feed utilisation efficiency at the two CTLGH nodes, spending considerable time at the Nairobi node.

Main Responsibilities 
To contribute to the implementation of the a set of existing research projects within the CTLGH Informatics and Bioresources programme, with the following outputs: i) establish an open source system, with hubs in Edinburgh and Nairobi, and multiple nodes elsewhere in Africa, to enable data upload, data sharing and analysis compatible with mobile devices, ii) populate the biorepository with documented samples representing the genetic diversity of tropical livestock that is linked to genomic sequence information and made available to collaborators worldwide, iii) populate the informatics platform with data from all CTLGH programmes and associated projects, iv) support current CTLGH programmes with high quality, integrated informatics resources for data management and analysis, v) establish on-line training modules to support the use of the informatics hub and to provide informatics skills for use by African scientists 50%

To coordinate with CTLGH leadership and programme teams to ensure timely reporting of results and other outputs to current and prospective funders and collaborators. 10%

To contribute to regular communication and knowledge dissemination activities on behalf of CTLGH and its partners (The Roslin Institute/University of Edinburgh, SRUC, ILRI) and develop initiatives in this field within the international scientific and donor community. This includes publishing research finding of high quality and impact in a timely manner in the referred scientific literature. 15%

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. 15%

To contribute to capacity building as required by CTLGH and its founding partners and actively participate in the development of CTLGH research strategy. 10%

Planning and Organising 
The post-holder will take responsibility for the excecution of the ongoing CTLGH Informatics and Bioresources programme and the strategic development and excecution of new research programmes. The post-holder will be responsible for the management of all relevant resources and co-ordination of the research effort to ensure development of a long term CTLGH informatics and data science programme. This involves delivery of CTLGH objectives and dissemination of research findings. The post-holder will work collaboratively with CTLGH founding partners and other partners to establish activities both in Scotland and Africa (Kenya or Ethiopia). The post-holder will work with the support of CTLGH leadership to seek other additional bodies of work aligned with short term and long term CTLGH strategies. The post-holder will aim to focus on translational research towards the development of tools for use to support genetic gains for improved tropical poultry productivity, adaptability and resilience.

Problem Solving 
The role involves significant application of prior knowledge and accumulated expertise to solve genetics improvement and data capture and analysis challenges related to tropical livestock productivity, adaptability and resilience. An excellent understanding of the development and management of research support capabilities and collaborations, capacity building in LMICs and solving of related issues is needed to implement the vision of CTLGH. The role involves creation and/or adaptation of tools and generation of new knowledge to harnessing the genetic potential of tropical livestock and developing strategies for the application of these results. The role would also deal with and unexpected or unforeseen issues arising from the research results nd would devise alternative approaches as required.

Decision Making 
Overall, the post-holder will i) provide scientific leadership and vision, ii) take responsibility for decisions relating to the information and bioresources research programme, and iii) work with collaborators to devise an appropriate project plan and experimental strategy. Specifically, the post-holder will provide effective leadership of CTLGH informatics and bioresources team, ensure that the work of the team contributes effectively in the first instance to BMGF/DFID investment results framework and to the long term strategy of CTLGH.

Key Contacts/Relationships 
The post-holder will interact with: 
CTLGH Director, programme leaders and the broader research team in the UK, Africa and beyond 
Other members of research groups, professional staff and students within the Roslin Institute/UoE, SRUC, ILRI and other partner institutions 
Research groups within the wider academic community 
Funding agencies and other external sponsors and partners

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
The post holder will have: 
A PhD in a computational biology, informations, data science or any other relevant field 
A growing internationally recognized research profile 
A record of achievement in the field of computer science/data science/informatics relevant to tropical adaptation, resilience and adaptability evidence by practical experience, research and publications 
A track record of achieving research funding 
Experience and interest in cross disciplinary tropical livestock genetics/genomics research initiatives and collaboration 
A good understanding of the priorities, operation and strategy of relevant funding bodies 
A history and interest in the mentoring abnd training of early career scientists, technical and support researchers and postgraduates students

The aim of the post is to develop research and build relevant partnerships in the area informatics, computational science and data science within CTLGH. 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 investment 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 long term dimension for this post is to support the positioning of CTLGH as a leading research and development centre for tropical livestock production

The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £40,792 to £48,677 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week until 31 March 2022.

Pension Scheme 
This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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    Application Procedure 
    All applicants should apply online by clicking the "apply" button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    Closing date: 8th April 2019 at 5pm. 

    Interview date 
    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

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