Join Xelect team in cutting edge ge­net­ics

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GE­NET­ICS spe­cial­ist Xelect is a rapidly grow­ing com­pany and of­ten ad­ver­tises for staff, said Marie Smed­ley, a se­nior breed­ing pro­gramme man­ager.

The St An­drews based firm pre­dom­i­nantly em­ploys PhD grad­u­ates and MSc grad­u­ates at its ‘one-stop shop for geno­typ­ing’.

Xelect de­signs breed­ing pro­grammes, does lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis in house, and also sends peo­ple out to the hatch­eries to of­fer sup­port, and it un­der­takes much of the R&D for its cus­tomers.

‘If you are go­ing to work in a lab team you have to not only be able to han­dle the bor­ing, mo­not­o­nous and repet­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, but also get in­volved with some of the more ad­vanced tech­nique de­vel­op­ments as well,’ said Smed­ley.

She said in a ge­net­ics lab­o­ra­tory, tech­niques are be­ing de­vel­oped all the time, as the tech­nol­ogy ad­vances very quickly.

Be­cause of the na­ture of what Xelect does, there is a lot of R&D go­ing on. It is in­volved in a con­sul­tancy with the Roslin In­sti­tute at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity, and col­lab­o­rates with the school of com­puter sci­ence at St An­drews. And it has PhD stu­dentships with Aberdeen and Southamp­ton uni­ver­si­ties.

Even though the staff have well de­fined roles, there is quite a large de­gree of over­lap between these, and any­one work­ing for Xelect would have to be very good at work­ing in a team, very good at pro­cess­ing their ideas and be­ing able to switch between dif­fer­ent tasks, said Smed­ley.

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