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Assistant professor in animal phenomics

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

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The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG), Aarhus University seeks an assistant professor to work in the area of animal phenomics. The position begins on 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is initially for two years, renewable for two more years contingent on performance and availability of funding.

QGG aims to find a candidate who will establish a strong independent and collaborative research program in phenomics during this period, to be considered for a tenure-track position.

The position
We seek enthusiastic candidates to carry out a research program in animal phenomics. Sustainable Livestock breeding need to simultaneously ensure high agricultural production efficiency, low climate and environmental impacts, high product quality, and high animal welfare. New phenotyping technologies become available to asses these traits, which include automated image processing methods to detect feed intake and health status and high-dimensional sensor data. A major focus of this position will be to analyse such data using machine learning techniques to develop new phenotypes, which can be used in genetic evaluation or helping farmers to make culling decisions - through developing statistical and data-mining tools. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) cattle feed intake (CFIT) – use of 3D camera to quantify individual feed intake and health status for dairy cows and 2) establishing methane phenotyping for routine genetic evaluation. The candidate will work with breeding companies and QGG colleagues both in the above mentioned cattle examples and to identify new phenomic targets in cattle or other livestock species.

The candidate must have

  • A Ph.D. degree in computer science, data science, quantitative genetics, animal breeding, statistics or similar
  • Demonstrated scientific production at a national and international level
  • High level of understanding of quantitative genetics and its role in animal improvement programs is an advantage
  • A comprehensive knowledge of theoretical and computational methodologies to further understanding and improving phenotypes for use in genetic evaluation or management practices.
  • Experience in machine learning, deep learning, or artificial intelligence will be a plus
  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to becoming an independent scientist
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing, as demonstrated by journal publications
  • Experience in doing research with industry partners
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching and supervision is an advantage

Successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Deliver innovative research of international standard
  • Actively publishing high-quality research
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of researchers both internally and internationally,
  • Collaborate with partners in commercial breeding organizations

Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG)
The institute like center QGG, is a major center for research and education in quantitative genetics and quantitative genomics (www.qgg.au.dk/en) at Aarhus university. We perform basic and applied research within livestock and plant breeding as well as human applications within precision medicine. The research within QGG is characterized by a very close synergy between method development, basic analyses and application of the developed methods on practical problems across species in collaboration with industry partners. QGG is an international research Center with about 70 employees and visiting researchers from over 15 nations. QGG works in teams and strive for an excellent working environment. We therefore value self-leadership, open communication, respect for diversity and success in mentoring, supervision and teaching. The current location of QGG is in Foulum and Flakkebjerg. However, the main location of QGG will be the main campus in Aarhus centre. The candidate can therefore choose between working in Foulum or in Aarhus.

For further information contact Head of Center Mogens Sandø Lund, Phone: +45 20751222, e-mail: mogens.lund@qgg.au.dk

Place of Work
The work adress for the time being is Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark. However within the next year research facilities will be available in 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. When these facilities become available, it will be possible that the work address will be in Aarhus”.

Application procedure
Shortlisting 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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in ques-tion before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences 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.

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. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Application Deadline: 29-09-2020

Ansøgningsfrist: 29.09.2020

Placering: Aarhus Nordre Ringgade 1

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