Computational biologist for vegetable trait analysis

£34,950 - £43,750

Cobham, Surrey - 30 months

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Job description

Based at Tozer Seeds Innovation Centre in Cobham, Surrey, the work will be multidisciplinary in nature, requiring engagement in bioinformatics, laboratory, and field-based variety trials, drawing on fundamental plant biology and bioinformatics skills, and a good understanding on how crop improvement works. A personal training and development budget will also be available for you to access, as well as receiving access to the training and facilities at both the Earlham Institute and Tozer Seeds.

The applicant will develop trials, genotyping and phenotyping datasets, and GWAS statistical analysis, for marker discovery in a non-model vegetable crop species (celery). They will also implement these markers for selection of large off spring populations into an active commercial vegetable breeding programme.

The work will involve trial design, overseeing population phenotyping in field trials (UK, Spain, California) and hands-on laboratory screening assays, completing statistical analysis of multi-season multi-location trial data, bioinformatic analysis of large biological datasets, developing and documenting bioinformatic analyses and training colleagues in them, and engaging with stakeholders in the vegetable variety market, such as growers and sales/marketing colleagues.

As part of the broader scope of the KTP, the associate is expected to gain a full understanding of all business operational activities and how different teams interact to achieve commercial success.

Project description

A unique opportunity to work on an innovative project, at the intersection of industry and academia, focusing on the application of genomics-based analyses for the development of marker-assisted selection protocols, with the aim of optimising the breeding of superior celery varieties.

Based at Tozer Seeds Innovation Centre in Cobham, Surrey, the work will be multidisciplinary in nature, requiring engagement in bioinformatics, laboratory, and field-based variety trials, drawing on fundamental plant biology and bioinformatics skills, and a good understanding on how crop improvement works. A personal training and development budget will also be available for you to access, as well as receiving access to the training and facilities at both the Earlham Institute and Tozer seeds.

The applicant will develop trials, genotyping and phenotyping datasets, and GWAS statistical analysis, for marker discovery in a non-model vegetable crop species (celery). They will also implement these markers for selection of large off spring populations into an active commercial vegetable breeding programme.

The work will involve trial design, overseeing population phenotyping in field trials (UK, Spain, California) and hands-on laboratory screening assays, completing statistical analysis of multi-season multi-location trial data, bioinformatic analysis of large biological datasets, developing and documenting bioinformatic analyses and training colleagues in them, and engaging with stakeholders in the vegetable variety market, such as growers and sales/marketing colleagues. As part of the broader scope of the KTP, the associate is expected to gain a full understanding of all business operational activities and how different teams interact to achieve commercial success.

The applicant will have access to world-class breeding facilities and training at Tozer Seeds, and cutting-edge bioinformatics training and facilities at Earlham Institute. The candidate will work independently, closely interacting with other members in the R&D team at Tozer Seeds and the Crop Genomics groups and Business Development and Impact team at Earlham Institute. The applicant will bridge the academia/industry gap, coordinating between both settings, and will need to be well organised and capable of timing agility and report regularly on results and deliverables.

About the business

Providing consistent, quality commercial vegetable seed, whilst continuing the company tradition of innovation within plant breeding.

Plant breeding

Computational Biology

Masters in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or a Molecular Biology discipline with a strong computational element.

10 May 2024

3 June 2024

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Based at Tozer Seeds Innovation Centre in Cobham, Surrey, the work will be multidisciplinary in nature, requiring engagement in bioinformatics, laboratory, and field-based variety trials, drawing on fundamental plant biology and bioinformatics skills, and a good understanding on how crop improvement works. A personal training and development budget will also be available for you to access, as well as receiving access to the training and facilities at both the Earlham Institute and Tozer Seeds.

The applicant will develop trials, genotyping and phenotyping datasets, and GWAS statistical analysis, for marker discovery in a non-model vegetable crop species (celery). They will also implement these markers for selection of large off spring populations into an active commercial vegetable breeding programme.

The work will involve trial design, overseeing population phenotyping in field trials (UK, Spain, California) and hands-on laboratory screening assays, completing statistical analysis of multi-season multi-location trial data, bioinformatic analysis of large biological datasets, developing and documenting bioinformatic analyses and training colleagues in them, and engaging with stakeholders in the vegetable variety market, such as growers and sales/marketing colleagues.

As part of the broader scope of the KTP, the associate is expected to gain a full understanding of all business operational activities and how different teams interact to achieve commercial success.