Genetic Data Analyst at the Interbull Centre (Quantitative Geneticist)

Exciting opportunities

The Interbull Centre is a section of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. It has been contracted by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) to be the operational unit for the Interbull subcommittee and for the Interbeef Working Group. The Interbull Centre provides genetic and genomic services and applied research for improvement of cattle to a worldwide network, involving data from 37 countries on five continents. The MACE services implemented in 1995 provide the backbone to our services, but services have evolved and improved over time. A decade of genomic evaluation and selection in the cattle industry has brought exciting opportunities to the Interbull Centre (including GMACE, InterGenomics). International beef evaluation (Interbeef) is fast developing and is including new traits, breeds and countries bringing a myriad of opportunities.

Currently the Interbull Centre is in the midst of expanding its international datahub for pedigree, and phenotypic and genotypic information. We are already well advanced with new international genomic evaluations for Holstein cattle (InterGenomics-Holstein), and enabling exchange of genetic defects and genotypes for dairy and beef, while we are also exploring novel evaluation methodologies (meta-analyses such as SNPMace).

On 1 Nov. 2018, Animal Breeding Law (EU) 2016/1012 came into effect. With that, the Interbull Centre started its new mandate as an EU Reference Centre, assisting the European Commission and EU Member States in issues related to bovine breeding and genetics and performance recording.

Two vacancies for quantitative geneticists in an International Network

The Interbull Centre is seeking two quantitative geneticists to strengthen the delivery of genetic and genomic evaluations in beef and dairy. The successful candidates will join an enthusiastic team of 8 with backgrounds in genetics and information technology. You will report to the Interbull Centre Director and work with many research institutes and evaluation centres, and some of the world’s most renowned animal geneticists represented in Interbull Committees and ICAR Working Groups.

Duties:

As an Interbull Centre Genetic Data Analyst you will be part of the team that carries out international genetic and genomic evaluations of bovine populations. The focus is on performing and developing data analysis for service provision, dealing directly with our customers. Responsibilities include data management, computation of genetic evaluations, estimation of genetic parameters, service documentation and support for internal and external users. The positions involve travelling abroad for technical meetings and conferences.

Qualifications:

We are seeking candidates with at least an MSc exam in animal/plant breeding, statistical/computational genetics/genomics or related fields. A PhD exam in these fields is a merit. The candidates shall have demonstrated evidence of strong analytical skills and a minimum of two years’ experience with quantitative genetic analyses, preferably within genetic evaluation of cattle. You also have the following experiences: working in Linux, programming in Fortran or Python, and handling of large data sets. Additional merits are: experience with genomic evaluations, handling SNP data and bioinformatics.

Our working language is English; good oral and written proficiency in English is required. Good communication and presentation skills are an advantage. You must be service minded and able to handle high peaks of workload and to take fast and well-motivated decisions. Great importance will be attached to your personal qualities, such as curiosity, accuracy, initiative, and ability to work both independently and as a team player.

Place of work: Uppsala

Form of employment: Permanent.

SLU uses probationary employment.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: As soon as possible (by agreement)

Application:

Applicants shall submit a complete CV, as well as names and contact information of personal references, and a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in the position, how you meet the qualification requirements, and why you will become an asset for the Interbull Centre.

Please submit your application no later than 2 Dec, 2018.

Interviews will start as soon as applications have been received.

Contact person

Antonius Roozen

Director Interbull Centre

+46 18-67 20 98

[email protected]

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