Research Scientist: Molecular Biology & Swine Neuroendocrinology

Research Scientist: Molecular Biology & Swine Neuroendocrinology

Focus area: Reproductive Physiology

Company: recombinetics logo

Recombinetics is seeking a highly motivated and creative Research Scientist to take a leading role in pioneering research and development in the field of agriculture to improve animal welfare. Through its agriculture subsidiary, Acceligen, Recombinetics aims to eliminate the painful procedure of castration of swine through gene editing. This technology has the potential to transform the pork industry and improve the quality-of-life for millions of pigs.

Potential Benefits

  • A dynamic and highly collaborative working environment

  • Comprehensive benefits package available, including health, dental, vision, and 401K

  • Job title and compensation will be based on candidate experience

  • Recombinetics is an equal opportunity provider and employer

The Opportunity
• Plan and complete research and development activities to characterize castration free swine in a project funded by the USDA FFAR Animal Welfare grant.
• Collaborative interaction and project support provided by two key international genetics companies. As well as leading swine reproductive physiologists at the USDA-ARS USMARC.
• Project goals are to establish how deletion of kisspeptin 1 by gene editing affects male and female swine physiology in commercial genetic lines. 
• Conduct studies in vivo and in primary tissue culture that will involve a range of molecular biology methods.
• Develop immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization techniques to quantify expression.
• Characterize biological variation in the reproductive axis by conducting RNAseq analysis with follow up in proteomic analysis and metabolomic analysis.
• The overall objective is to develop methods for the commercial-scale rescue of puberty and fertility from kisspeptin 1 knock out swine.

Qualifications Required
The applicant must be eligible to work in the United States without restrictions and possess near-native fluency in English, written and oral. The candidate also must have earned a Ph.D. degree within the last six years in Animal Science, Physiology, Molecular Biology or a related field of study. Specialized experience of mammalian neuroanatomy and neuroendocrinology highly desired.

How to Apply
Send CV credentials and a letter of interest to Tad Sonstegard at  
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