Join Xelect team in cutting edge genetics
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.