Applications are invited for two permanent posts with Xelect Ltd, the fast-growing aquaculture genetics service company based in St Andrews, Scotland (  Xelect is a SME partner in the H2020 European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC, We are looking for highly motivated individuals wanting to build a career in the aquaculture industry. Further information about our company is available below.

Post 1     Senior scientist, Geneticist

Candidates are expected to have a relevant first and higher degree, excellent bioinformatic skills, and preferably some experience in animal or plant breeding.

Post 2     Scientific officer, molecular biology

Candidates are expected to have at least an MSc and significant practical experience in working in a molecular biology laboratory. Previous experience with DNA extraction, PCR and Next Generation Sequencing is highly desirable.

Both positions have the benefit of a highly competitive salary and pension scheme. The posts are available immediately with a mutually agreed starting date. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of two referees. Informal enquires and enquires should be made to Dr Tom Ashton (, 01334 845216) or Professor Ian Johnston (, 01334 845357). The closing date for these positions is 5 pm 31st July 2017.

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About Xelect

Xelect has its origins in a leading aquaculture research group in fish physiology and genetics based at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The company was founded by Professor Ian Johnston FRSE, former Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute, and Dr Tom Ashton. By maintaining a strong focus on research and innovation Xelect has become a globally recognised brand in aquaculture genetics with more than 40 customers in 14 countries. Xelect has its headquarters in purpose build office and laboratory premises in the heart of the historic town of St Andrews with sales and development offices in Puerto Montt, Chile and Hong Kong. The major shareholders of the company are the founders, the University of St Andrews and EOS Technology Investment Ltd. Xelect is expert in the design of SNP chips for pedigree reconstruction which are tailored to the customer’s requirements. All our SNP panels are able to assign individuals to families with 100% accuracy. High throughput pedigree reconstruction using Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) technology will be available in 2017 using an Illumina MiSeq platform. Xelect exploits leading expertise in genomics, bioinformatics and physiology to provide a comprehensive marker discovery and validation service for trait selection using the latest sequencing technologies. Xelect is collaborating with the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, a world leading centre for animal breeding, to bring cost effective genomic selection (GS) solutions to its customers.



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