Molecular Geneticist

Application deadline: Oct 31 ,2022

About Benchmark Genetics

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Application deadline:

31st October 2022


Edinburgh, UK



Dr Ross Houston, Director of Innovation

Cell: +44 774 769 2391

Benchmark Genetics is a global leader in aquaculture genetics and breeding with extensive experience from applied breeding programs for nearly 20 species across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Besides being a significant provider of high-performing stocks of Atlantic salmon, marine shrimp (L. vannamei), and Nile tilapia to the global aquaculture sector, Benchmark Genetics supplies advanced genetic services to numerous external breeding programs around the world. Read more about what we do at

Benchmark Genetics is a member of the Benchmark Group ( This leading biotechnology company uniquely combines world-leading expertise and operations in Genetics, Advanced Nutrition, and Animal Health for sustainable and cost-effective aquaculture production.

Position Description


Competitive according to qualifications and experience


Full-time, working no less than 37½ hours per week

Reports to:

Dr Ross Houston, Director of Innovation

This position is part of Benchmark’s new Molecular Genetics programs, which focuses on developing optimised genotyping and genomics solutions for our internal breeding programs, and external genetic services. The postholder will contribute to implementing cost-effective genotyping solutions for genomic selection, parentage assignment, and assessment of genetic diversity. The postholder will also assist with initiating and delivering collaborative projects in key technologies to develop future genotyping and genomics solutions. Finally, the postholder will connect closely with the academic and industry research community to follow recent developments in the field of genomics and genotyping and ensure Benchmark is at the forefront of this field. This position will include both laboratory work and computational analyses.

Key Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • To develop and implement genotyping platforms for Benchmark’s internal breeding programs
  • To develop and optimise methods for cost-effective genotyping solutions for Benchmark Genetic Services
  • To contribute to R&D project targeting innovative new solutions for genotyping and other genomics technologies
  • To collaborate with external research partners in the field of genotyping and genomics.
  • To maintain detailed knowledge of the latest developments in genotyping technologies, to ensure Benchmark is at the forefront of this field


Essential skills and qualifications:

  • A university degree in a relevant field
  • Experience and expertise in molecular biology and genomics

Personal attributes/characteristics:

  • Creativity and ability to think outside the box
  • Teamwork and problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills and proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Effective time management abilities
  • Flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally as required


Application deadline: Oct 31 ,2022

Submissions: Send cover letter, CV and contact details of two references

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for personal interviews.

For informal inquiries, please contact:

Dr Ross Houston, Director of Innovation (email:, Cell: +44 7747692391)