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PhD fellow in Cattle Genomics and Breeding

Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship.

Project description
The candidate will work very closely with the Nordic cattle genetic evaluation industry, which develops and implements genomic selection for a broad range of traits using high density SNP chips. This PhD position will be primarily focused on ?augmented genomic selection? by incorporating prior knowledge concerning biologically relevant candidate causal genes for health traits in Danish / Nordic dairy cattle populations. Other possible areas of research include application of systems genetics or systems biology methods and GxE and GxG interactions in Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS) studies. The candidate is expected to write peer-reviewed journal articles on thesis topics during PhD and provide some assistance in teaching in areas of relevance to the PhD topic and/or Quantitative Genetics and Genomics. It is expected that this project will contribute to improved implementation of genomic selection by the developed tools and analysis models/methods.

The position will primarily focus on Systems Genetics, GWAS and post-GWAS aspects of certain health traits in dairy cattle but flexibility will be required with respect to research topic and species during the project. You will be working within the Quantitative and Systems Genetics group within the Division of Genetics and Bioinformatics ( www.systemsgenetics.dk ). The group is responsible for research and teaching in the area of quantitative genetics, mammalian genomics, systems genetics and animal breeding. The group closely collaborates with high profile groups around the world.

Principal supervisor
Title Professor, PhD
Name Haja Kadarmideen
E-mail hajak@life.ku.dk
Direct Phone: (+45) 3533 3577
Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at LIFE are:
  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Stay at a research institution abroad for a few months
  • Teach and disseminate your research
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
  • Masters´ degree in the field of quantitative genetics and genomics, statistical genetics animal breeding or related field
  • Proven knowledge on quantitative or statistical methods and analytical skills.
  • Ability to analyze and visualize large datasets of animal phenotypes, (pedigrees) and high throughput SNP marker and/or sequence data.
  • Some experience with software used for genetic evaluations and variance component estimation in animal breeding.
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)
Desired criteteria
  • Basic bioinformatics skills applied to gene expression data analyses and functional annotations
  • Experience with mixed models, marker assisted selection, QTL fine mapping and GWAS
  • Some basic programming skills in relevant database, statistical and/or scripting languages
Other qualities
  • You are motivated to develop as a young scientist and are creative, devoted and an independent researcher
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken/written English and are a good team-player
  • Interested in teaching
Formal requirements
  • The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty´s master´s programmes.
  • At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.
The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the LIFE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.
Graduate School of Faculty of Life Sciences, LIFE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Application Procedure
Apply by clicking ?Apply online? below.
Applications - in English - must include:
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal Recommendations
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.


The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.
By the end of July, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged.
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