The Roslin Institute is a world-renowned centre for animal bioscience within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Our mission is to achieve sustainable agriculture, control diseases and enhance health. As one of eight Institutes sponsored by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, we conduct world-class research that delivers to national and global strategic needs and deliver societal and economic impact by translating our discoveries. We also nurture the careers of researchers, technical specialists and entrepreneurs and act as a collaborative hub by sharing our infrastructure, expertise and resources.
The Virology division comprises staff and students that make significant contributions to understanding viral replication, tropism and pathogenesis. It is complemented by diverse disciplines at Roslin, for example to study the genetic basis of resistance to viral infection via the application of quantitative genetics and gene editing or silencing. In collaboration with epidemiologists, it defines the nature and consequences of viral evolution and transmission pathways and with immunologists studies the basis of natural and vaccine-mediated immunity. Principal Investigators and Tenure-Track Fellows each receive core funding to appoint a staff scientist in their team as well as an annual consumable allowance and the opportunity to bid for intramural funding from a variety of sources.
The Division benefits from state-of-the-art laboratory and animal facilities. These include facilities to study animal and zoonotic viruses in their natural hosts, for example via the National Avian Research Facility for poultry (https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin/national-avian-research-facility), Large Animal & Research Imaging Facility for pigs, cattle and sheep (https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin/facilities-resources/larif), Aquaculture Genetics Research Facility for fish and shellfish (https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin/aquaculture/research-aquaria/aquaculture-genetics-research-facility ), and Biological Resources Facility for rodents. This creates an exceptional environment for research and training, with around 100 doctoral students at the time of writing. The Institute offers cutting-edge equipment for bioimaging (including confocal, super-resolution, light sheet and electron microscopy), high throughput flow cytometry, genomics (including in-house single cell sequencing), and high resolution proteomics and metabolomics
As part of The University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute benefits from association with one of the world’s leading research institutions. Edinburgh consistently ranks among the top 20 universities globally and has a long history of excellence in research, education and innovation. This provides the Institute with a wide range of research opportunities across diverse disciplines, access to a large community of excellent staff and students and increased global recognition. We also benefit from the Edinburgh Infectious Diseases network that brings together over 1000 researchers with interests in infectious diseases across the University and Edinburgh area (https://www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-infectious-diseases).
Situated in the picturesque setting of the Pentland hills, we are a short commute from the city of Edinburgh, consistently ranked as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. It offers a high quality of life, with a rich cultural scene, stunning architecture, beautiful green spaces and a strong sense of history. The city also hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Members of the Institute take advantage of the surrounding environment for hiking, mountain biking and wild swimming. The campus also boasts a modern fitness facility (https://www.ed.ac.uk/sport-exercise/easter-bush-gym).
This is an exciting opportunity within the Division of Virology and I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr Finn Grey
Head of Division, The Roslin Institute