Alberta Beef Producers ‘Daily’ discusses improving hybrid vigour in beef herds and some of Gentec’s new genomic tools with Gentec Head of Beef Operations, Dr. John Basarab.
A post-doctoral fellow (PDF) position is available at Livestock Gentec, the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, working with a team of researchers to develop and improve genomic prediction tools on beef cattle growth, feed efficiency, carcass merit, and fertility traits and to implement genomic tools to enhance beef cattle production efficiency and quality. Researchers at Livestock Gentec have consolidated large beef cattle data sets for phenotype (n>13,000), genotype (50K, GGP100K, or HD on n>13,000), transcriptome and metabolites on a subset of the cattle, which provides excellent opportunities to elucidate genetic control of economically relevant traits and to develop genomic tools that incorporate multi-layers of “omics” data.
Major research responsibilities include: (1) Work with the existing team (principal investigators, co-investigators, research associates, PDF, research technicians, graduate students from multiple institutions including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and University of Alberta) to consolidate additional beef cattle multi-layer “omics” data from on-going research projects and to assist with the development and maintenance of large databases; (2) Adapt and implement a range of methodologies for genetic/genomic analyses of beef cattle data relevant to multiple traits (growth, feed efficiency, carcass merit, and fertility traits) and multiple “omics” data; (3) Refine genetic/genomic methods to improve genomic prediction accuracy for these traits; (4) Provide genomic profiles (genomic breed composition, molecular breeding values, and multiple trait selection indexes) for beef cattle submitted by beef producers partnering in demonstration projects; (5) Assist with mentoring of graduate students and teaching of genetic/genomic courses; (6) Conduct appropriate outreach and technology transfer in concert with other members of the research team.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in the area of Quantitative Genetics and/or Statistical Genomics or Bioinformatics within 5 years. Familiarity with Beef Cattle Production Systems is an asset. Candidates must have a good understanding of the theoretical and computational principles related to the analyses of quantitative and molecular data for the purpose of genetic analyses and genomic prediction. Candidates must also demonstrate skills and work experience in computer programming, preferably in C, C++, ASreml, SAS, R or Perl, to develop customized programs for genetic analyses and genomic prediction. The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with colleagues in research is essential. Previous experience working with cattle is desirable. Knowledge and experience working with large databases are a definite asset.
Applicants: For more information, or to apply, please send a cover letter, statement of research interests, updated CV, and the names of references, to either Dr. Changxi Li, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Graham Plastow, email@example.com. This is a two-year position with a great opportunity of renewal. The target start date is September 1, 2022.
Knowledge and Technology Translator for Genomics Research in Alberta Beef Industry
Livestock Gentec is an Alberta Innovates Centre based at the University of Alberta focused on applied research aligned with industry-identified priorities to validate, demonstrate, and adopt transformative genomic solutions to improve the global competitiveness (economic, social, and environmental) of the Canadian beef and pork sectors. Gentec is looking for a creative communicator to join the beef industry team to help promote the adoption of genomic tools in Alberta’s beef industry. This is a full time, temporary contract with the ability to work from home or at Gentec’s offices on the University campus.
- Development of infographics and resources to translate research and engage industry audience
- Curation of social media content to promote Gentec, and Gentec’s research projects, events, resources, etc.
- Attendance of in-person agriculture conferences and meetings, including managing a booth and connecting directly with industry
- Contributing to Gentec’s monthly newsletter
- Working as part of a collaborative team
- Communicating with Gentec’s stakeholders in academia and industry
- Degree in Animal Science (or 3rd/4th year of animal science degree)
- Strong communication skills, written and verbal
- Experience with social media
- Ability to work within a team and individually
- Passionate about the agriculture industry in Alberta
Salary based on experience and qualifications. Employment term May 1 to September 2 (or potentially December 31), 2022.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions, please contact Gentec’s office at 780 248-1740 or email@example.com