Postdoctoral Fellow


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Postdoctoral Fellow - Step 3


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Postdoctoral Fellow 

School of Agriculture, College of Sciences

We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow 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

Term:Fixed Term of 2 Years
Salary:Postdoctoral Fellow - Step 3
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 26 August 2018

Position overview

Massey University’s AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is seeking a second Postdoctoral Fellow to work in various aspects of genetic and genomic improvement of livestock. The Postdoctoral Fellow is required for the “Better beef from better cattle” research programme to implement single-step genomic analyses using research databases constructed from progeny-test projects already conducted by Beef + Lamb NZ Genetics (BLG - The project will also involve studies of selection signatures for age at puberty in sequenced Angus bulls, and some genome-wide association studies in national and international datasets of beef cattle with imputed sequence variants.
This position will be located in the city of Hamilton in the Waikato district and will jointly involve industry partners. The Postdoctoral Fellow will require a PhD or equivalent qualification in Animal Breeding, Data Science, Bioinformatics, or Statistics. The applicant must be familiar with linear algebra, command-line unix computing, and Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods.

Further enquiries should be directed to; Professor Dorian Garrick, Massey University, Hamilton, New Zealand; email

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. Genetics and genomics of reproductive performance is of particular interest in this research. You will be undertaking research aligned with current research programmes that will utilise Beef and Lamb Genetics Angus sequence data, progeny test data and other national and international cattle evaluation data in single-step and other genomic analyses.

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:
• Investigate selection signatures using Next Generation Sequencing data from Angus bulls used in a divergent age at puberty selection experiment.
• 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, in datasets used for national and international beef cattle evaluation.
• 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


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


• 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.

Company Info
Massey University Manawatu,Auckland and Wellington Campus
New Zealand

Phone: 0800 627 739
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