Research Fellow/Junior Research Fellow – Statistical Genetics and Genomics

Organization
University of New England
Job Location
Armidale NSW 2351
Australia
Salary
• $87,978 to $ 104,269 per annum (Research Fellow Level B), $ $61,914 to $83,632 per annum (Junior Research Fellow Level A)
Job Description

We are looking for a motivated scientist in the field of statistical genetics and genomics, biostatistics, medical research and large-scale of genomic data analysis.

 

Research Fellow/Junior Research Fellow – Statistical Genetics and Genomics (1 position)

 

School of Environmental and Rural Science

 

  • 2 Year Fixed-term full time, with the possibility of extension
    • $87,978 to $ 104,269 per annum (Research Fellow Level B), $ $61,914 to $83,632 per annum (Junior Research Fellow Level A)
    • Plus17% employer superannuation. Salary packaging options are available.

About the role
The Animal Science and Genetics group at UNE is internationally highly regarded in the field of statistical and quantitative genetics. The group has a very strong expertise in large scale genetic evaluation, advanced statistical modelling and use of genomic information in large populations to predict genetic and phenotypic differences for complex traits. The core of this expertise resides at UNE in the School of Environmental and Rural Science (ERS) and in the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), forming a community of over 40 statistical, quantitative and population geneticists at UNE, and with collaborating partners at CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Armidale.

The UNE group at ERS is a centre of excellence internationally in teaching quantitative genetics and animal breeding. The group is currently deeply involved in more strategic research concerning the use of genomic information for prediction of phenotype and genotype, and to develop efficient methods for using large scale and dense genotype information in prediction. The work also includes Genome Wide Association Studies and dissection of genetic variance into various causative components for various species including livestock, mice and human.

 

To find out more, please visit

 

Brief CV              https://sites.google.com/site/honglee0707/home 

Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=SgX5t-QAAAAJ&hl=en

MTG2                  https://sites.google.com/site/honglee0707/mtg2

School                 http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-environmental-and-rural-science/research/animal-science-and-systems/genetics/animal-genetics-research

 

We have currently one position available, providing and an excellent
opportunity for Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Animal Science and Genetics Research teams. You will need to have completed, or nearly completed, a PhD in Animal Science, Genetics, Statistical Genetics or a related area. You will be able to demonstrate a strong track record in research achievement along with experience with statistical analysis of quantitative genetic models and analysis of genomic data. More detail on each of these positions is available on http://www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une.

Additional information
To discuss this role please contact Dr Sang Hong Lee, phone +61 2 6773 3665 or email: [email protected]. For further information about the school visit: http://www.une.edu.au/ers.

About UNE

The University of New England in Armidale, Australia is a unique university, in the enviable position of boasting an excellent international reputation as well as being a leader in research and academic innovation. UNE is proud of its heritage and status as one of Australia’s oldest universities and we are committed to maintaining the tradition of distinction for which we are renowned.

 

About Armidale

Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquillity of the New England on a rural property.

To find out more, visit: www.armidaleregion.com.au/ and/or www.experiencethehighs.com.au/

Closing date:  29 Jan 2016

Reference: 215135

Applicants must provide a response to each of the selection criteria
contained in the position statement addressing the level at which they are
applying.

http://www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une

Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures. As a University committed to engaging a diverse workforce, UNE encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Requirements

Specific Duties of this Position

  • Conduct genetic and genomic analysis of phenotypic and genomic data generated by the ARC/NHMRC/sheep CRC project and other genomic projects undertaken by the UNE group in Animal Genetics
  • Develop and apply methods for imputation of high density genotypes and DNA sequence data
  • Develop computer code to implement analysis methods and examine properties of methods based on analysis of simulated and real data.
  • Develop and apply efficient methods for genomic prediction based on high density genomic data.
  • Develop and apply efficient methods for genome wide association studies based on high density genomic data.
  • Prepare publications of research outcomes in peer-reviewed research articles.
  • Interact with databases to extract genotypic and phenotypic data for analysis.
  • Discuss and communicate research ideas with colleagues and collaborators.

 

Additional for level B:

 

  • Independently plan and conduct new research in the area of genetics and genomics, relevant to the funders
  • Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed research articles.
  • Discuss and communicate research ideas with research funders.

 

Level A Duties

Specific duties required of a Level A research-only academic may include:

  • The conduct of research under limited supervision either as a member of a team or, where appropriate, independently, and the production or contribution to the production of conference and seminar papers and publications from that research.
  • Involvement in professional activities including, subject to availability of funds, attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise.
  • Limited administrative functions primarily connected with the area of research of the academic.
  • Development of a limited amount of research-related material for teaching or other purposes with appropriate guidance from other staff.
  • Occasional contributions to teaching in relation to his/her research project(s).
  • Experimental design and operation of advanced laboratory and technical equipment or conduct of advanced research procedures.
  • Attendance at meetings associated with research or the work of the organisational unit to which the research is connected and/or at departmental and/or Faculty meetings and/or membership of a limited number of committees.
  • Advice within the field of the staff member's research to postgraduate students.

 

A Level A research-only academic will work with support, guidance and/or direction from staff classified at Level B and above and with an increasing degree of autonomy as the research academic gains in skill and experience.

 

Level B Duties

Specific duties required of a Level B research-only academic may include:

  • The conduct of research as a member of a team or independently, and the production of conference and seminar papers and publications from that research.
  • Supervision of research-support staff involved in the staff member's research.
  • Guidance in the research effort of junior members of research-only academic staff in his/her research area.
  • Contribution to the preparation, or where appropriate individual preparation, of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies.
  • Involvement in professional activities including, subject to availability of funds, attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise.
  • Administrative functions primarily concerned with his/her areas of research.
  • Occasional contributions in the teaching program within the field of the staff member's research.
  • Co-supervision, or where appropriate supervision, of major honours or postgraduate research projects within the field of the staff member's area of research.
  • Attendance at meetings associated with research or the work of the organisational unit to which the research is connected and/or at departmental and/or Faculty meetings and/or membership of a limited number of committees.

 

Skill Base

 

A Level A research-only academic will normally have completed four years of tertiary study in the relevant discipline or have equivalent qualifications or research experience. In many cases a position at this level will require an honours degree or higher qualifications or equivalent research experience. Research experience may have contributed to or resulted in publications, conference papers, reports or professional or technical contributions which give evidence of research potential.

 

A Level B research-only academic will normally have completed a relevant doctoral qualification or have equivalent qualifications or research experience. In addition he/she may be expected to have had post-doctoral research experience which has resulted in publications, conference papers, reports or professional or technical contributions which give evidence of research ability.

 

Selection Criteria

Please submit a statement addressing each criterion with your application. Please identify whether you are applying at Junior Research Fellow (level A) or a Research Fellow (level B).

LEVEL A ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  1. Appropriate qualifications and research training relevant to the duties, including completion or near completion of a PhD degree in a relevant field, e.g. quantitative genetics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer programing, mathematics, epidemiology or other relevant areas.
  2. Knowledge of the principles of genetics
  3. Experience with statistical analysis of quantitative or statistical genetic models for complex traits.
  4. Experience in computer programming, with the ability to communicate with databases and to handle large data files.
  5. A record of research achievement as demonstrated by publications, conference papers and other research activities.
  6. Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate research outcomes and research ideas and the ability to independently develop research proposals.
  7. Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping skills
  8. Excellent co-work skill as a member of the team

 

LEVEL A DESIRABLE CRITERIA

  1. Experience in using programs related to genome-wide association studies, genomic prediction and estimating genetic variance/covariance.
  2. Experience with large public databases for data analyses, e.g. dbGaP, uk10k, uk bio bank or WTCCC.
  3. Experience with case-control data in human
  4. The ability to take initiatives and independently develop research proposals.

 

 

LEVEL B ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  1. Appropriate qualifications and research training relevant to the duties, including completion of a PhD degree and postdoctoral research experience in a relevant field, e.g. quantitative genetics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer programing, mathematics, epidemiology or other relevant areas.
  2. Knowledge of the principles of genetics
  3. Extensive experience with statistical analysis of quantitative genetic models for complex traits.
  4. A high level of experience in computer programming, with the ability to communicate with databases and to handle large data files.
  5. A strong record of research achievement as demonstrated by a list of publications, conference papers and other research activities.
  6. Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate research outcomes and research ideas and the ability to independently develop research proposals.
  7. Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping skills
  8. Excellent co-work skill as a member of the team

LEVEL B DESIRABLE CRITERIA

  1. Experience in using and developing programs related to genome-wide association studies, genomic prediction and estimating genetic variance/covariance
  2. Experience with large public databases for data analyses, e.g. dbGaP, uk10k, uk bio bank or WTCCC.
  3. Experience with case-control data in human.
  4. The ability to take initiatives and independently develop research proposals
How to Apply

 

Please visit the following web site (ref # 215135)

http://www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une

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