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Researcher on genetics and genomics of efficiency in farmed animals 914289

A position as researcher in quantitative genetics is available at the Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG, at Aarhus University. The position is available for a period of two years with possibility for further extension for two years dependent on available funding.

The incumbent will work on projects focused on increased understanding of genetics of the efficiency complex in farmed animals such as pigs, mink, chicken, and cattle. The position holder will further develop models and methods that can be implemented in commercial breeding programs for the above-mentioned species that cover a wide range of breeding systems and technologies. Such methods may include genomic information as well as massive data from automatic sensors.

The research covered by the position focuses on statistical modelling of the efficiency complex in farmed animal species. Method development in the area of random regression models and the use of likelihood and Bayesian methods will be key factors in this research area due to the longitudinal and highly multivariate nature of efficiency in animals.
The successful candidate is required to attract national and international funding, conduct research, and have a strong focus on publishing in high ranking scientific journals. In addition, involvement in supervising and teaching M.Sc and PhD students is expected. The position holder is required to fulfil deliverables to national and international industry partners. 

Qualifications competences:
• PhD in quantitative genetics or animal breeding followed by solid post-doctoral experience
• Documented experience in statistical modelling of the efficiency complex in farmed animals
• Strong national and international network with both research and industry partners
• Documented ability for of attracting funding and building an independent research program
• Strong background and interest in the application of complex statistical models
• Good understanding of quantitative genetics
• Preferably, experience with analysis of longitudinal data
• Documented excellent skills in oral and written communication in English  
• Ability to work in a large and diverse group of researchers, and collaborate with both national and international research partners as well as commercial partners.

Place of Work and area of Employment 
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.  

The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) at Aarhus University (AU) is a major center for research and education in quantitative genetics, quantitative genomics, and animal and plant breeding. It comprises 20 senior staff and a large group of PhDs and postdocs. The center is part of the Department for Molecular Biology and Genetics and is located at the AU Foulum Campus (See QGG provides a very dynamic and internationally orientated environment with strong collaborations with relevant industrial partners and with several other leading international research groups in the area.

Further information
For further information, please contact professor Just Jensen (
Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.
Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish).
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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