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Genetic Data Analyst at the Interbull Centre (Quantitative Geneticist)

 Ref SLU.ua.2022.2.5.1-3420

A quantitative geneticist in an international network

Since its establishment in 1995, the Interbull Centre has held a unique position in the international dairy industry. Through a truly international collaboration, the Interbull Centre provides international genetic and genomic services for the improvement of cattle to a worldwide network, involving organisations and data from 37 countries on five continents. Genetic Data Analysts at the Interbull Centre work with some of the world’s most renowned animal geneticists represented in Interbull and ICAR Committees and Working Groups for the improvement and expansion of its services.

The Interbull Centre is now seeking a quantitative geneticist to strengthen the delivery and development of genetic and genomic evaluations in beef and dairy. The right candidate will join a small, enthusiastic group of people with backgrounds in genetics and information technology. You will report to the Interbull Centre Director, work in line with the Interbull Centre quality management system, and have the opportunity to attend international conferences and technical meetings.

Duties: 

As a geneticist at the Interbull Centre, 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, interacting directly with our customers across the globe.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Service Delivery: Computation of genetic evaluations – including data management, estimation of genetic parameters. In-house training to provide Interbull and Interbeef evaluations will be provided
  • Implementation of New Services: Contributing to applied research in conjunction with Interbull and ICAR committees and working groups, service documentation, and support for internal and external users. 

Qualifications:  

  • PhD in animal/plant breeding, statistical/computational genetics/genomics or related fields
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and a minimum of four years’ experience with quantitative genetic analyses, preferably within genetic evaluation of cattle
  • Proficiency in the following skills: working in GNU/Linux, shell scripting, handling of large data sets, and programming skills (Python or Fortran (or, to a lesser degree, R))
  • Good oral and written proficiency in English is required, as our working language is English
  • You must be service-minded and able to handle workload peaks and to take fast and well-motivated decisions.

Merits: 

The following experiences and skills are merits:

  • genomic evaluations
  • handling of SNP data
  • bioinformatics
  • project management
  • communication and presentation.

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: 

SLU Campus Ultuna, Uppsala, Sweden 

Form of employment: 

Permanent employment. SLU can use probationary employment.

Extent: 

100% 

Starting date: 

As soon as possible, by agreement. 

Application:  

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

Welcome with your application no later than 2 October 2022 via the application button.

Interviews will start as soon as applications have been received.

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/

Contact person: 

For questions about this position, or for an informal call, please contact Toine Roozen, Interbull Centre Director (toine.roozen@slu.se; +46 1867 2098). 

About Interbull Centre: 

The Interbull Centre is a section of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in Uppsala, Sweden (www.slu.se).

It is contracted by the International Committee for Animal Recording (www.icar.org) to be the operational unit for the Interbull subcommittee (www.interbull.org).

The Interbull Centre is an EU Reference Centre, assisting the European Commission and EU Member States in issues related to breeding and performance recording of cattle.

International Bull evaluations at the Interbull Centre started in 1995 with “MACE” for dairy, and now also include genomic evaluations (“GMACE” and “InterGenomics”) and evaluations for beef (“Interbeef”).


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Toine Roozen

Föreståndare

+4618672098

Toine.Roozen@slu.se


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