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Postdoctoral Fellow (A184-18CA)

School of Agriculture, College of Sciences

We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow on a 2 years fixed-term basis, with strong knowledge and experience in Animal Breeding, Data Science, Bioinformatics, or Statistics. Applicants also must be familiar with linear algebra, command-line unix computing, and Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods.

Location:Hamilton
Term:Fixed Term of 2 Years
Salary:Postdoctoral Fellow - Step 3
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 1 July 2018

Position overview

Massey University’s AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is seeking 4 Postdoctoral Fellows to work in various aspects of genetic and genomic improvement of livestock. The positions will be located in the city of Hamilton in the Waikato district and will jointly involve industry partners.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will require a PhD or equivalent qualification in Animal Breeding, Data Science, Bioinformatics, or Statistics. The applicants must be familiar with linear algebra, command-line unix computing, and Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods.

A post-doctoral fellow is required for the “Better breeding values” project that will involve further development and implementation of a pipeline that comprises imputation to sequence, sequence level genome wide association studies, followed by single-step prediction using sequence imputed variants. The project is funded for two years by Genomics Aotearoa (https://www.otago.ac.nz/biochemistry/research/themes/otago673820.html) and in the first instance will utilise Livestock Improvement Corporation (https://www.lic.co.nz) data from about 1,000 animals with next-generation sequence data along with over 100,000 admixed dairy cattle genotyped with SNP. Parallel activities will be undertaken by collaborators in other species.

Further enquiries should be directed to; Professor Dorian Garrick, Massey University, Hamilton, New Zealand; email d.garrick@massey.ac.nz

Job description

Purpose statement

The Fellowship is an opportunity for a PhD graduate to further develop your research record while contributing to our research in animal genetics and breeding. You will be undertaking research aligned with the current research programme to utilise Livestock Improvement Corporation data from about 1,000 animals with next-generation sequence data along with over 100,000 admixed dairy cattle genotyped with SNP. Parallel activities will be undertaken by collaborators in other species.

Responsible to

The appointee will be accountable to the Co-Director (Science), AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding.

Key accountabilities

The successful applicant will:
• Undertake research that will involve development and implementation of a pipeline that comprises imputation to sequence, sequence level genome wide association studies, followed by single-step prediction using sequence imputed variants, but also related areas
• Maintain accurate and tidy records of data collected
• Project Management
• Provide written reports summarising research progress and planned future research, with a strong emphasis on research publications.
• Participate fully in the academic activities of the Group and Institute in which they are working.
• Diligently and faithfully serve the University and use their best endeavours to promote and protect the interests of the University.
• Maintain confidentiality both during and after the appointment as Fellow.

Service to the Community
• Participate in community service activities that further advance the profession or field and which are consistent with the University Charter and Strategic Plan.
• Assist the Institute to develop an environment which gives effect to the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi.

University Responsibilities
• Ensure the observance of University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research,
• community service and administrative practices.
• Contribute to the development of a working environment of teamwork and cooperation.

Any other duties as required by the Head of the School of Agriculture and Environment

Person specification

Qualifications

A PhD in Animal Science or related area with an excellent research and publication record.

Experience

• Minimum qualifications – PhD in Animal Science (or a related area).
• Preferred - experience with analysing large datasets

Personal attributes and behaviours

• A good knowledge of animal and quantitative sciences
• Ability to write, and take a lead on scientific papers
• Initiative and enthusiasm
• Ability to organise and maintain quality records
• Ability to work as part of a team and enjoy working in a team environment
• Integrity and confidentiality
• Excellent communication skills, able to communicate effectively with project leaders and industry sponsors.
• Committed to excellence in research, with sound time and project management skills
• A competent working knowledge of computing and commercial software packages.

 

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