Quantitative Genetics/Genomics postdoc position – in research animal breeding and genomics

The Institute of Animal Science is seeking the candidate for a Quantitative Genetics/Genomics postdoc position connected with dairy cattle research projects who would be willing to apply for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF).

 The MSCA-PF grant supports an individual research stay (1-2 years) connected with international mobility (the project must take place in a country different from where the fellow has currently worked or studied). The applicant-fellow must possess a PhD degree and have less than 8 years of full time research experience since obtaining it.

In particular, we are looking for an expert in molecular genetics and genomics or biometrics who would like to extend his knowledge to the field of animal breeding and genomics. A Ph.D. in statistical genetics/genomics or a related field is required. Preferred skills include a solid background in quantitative genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, programming (e.g., R, python, Fortran, and/or C/C++), use of common software for analysis of genetics data, analysis of non-normally distributed data, and large-scale dataset analysis.

The purpose of this position is to support genomic research using genetic/genomic data to answer animal biology and animal management questions. This position will support the analysis of phenotypic, pedigree, and genomic data in dairy cattle for a wide-range of traits. All research will follow on from ongoing projects.

Responsibilities: Duties will be oriented toward analysis of pedigree, phenotypic, and high-density genomic data in dairy cattle. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 1) Genome-wide association studies of a wide-array of trait complexes. 2) Genetic parameter estimation. 3) Genomic prediction. 4) Quantitative validation of genomic-based predictions and identified variants. 5) Development of data editing and analysis scripts and pipelines. 6) Maintenance of software and servers. 7) Contributing to publishing of research results.

The successful candidate will be expected to work under the guidance of the supervisor to accomplish the research goals, prepare manuscripts for publication and prepare competitive grant proposals. Oversight for the position will be provided by Ing. Ludmila Zavadilová, CSc. (Animal Science); Ing. Eva Kašná, Ph.D. (Animal Science); Dr. Ing. Jitka Kyselová (Molecular Genetics)

Review of applications will begin May 30, 2021. Applications must be submitted 1) a cover letter that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and your experience 2) your curriculum vitae.

Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation.

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