PhD Student Position in Genetics

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher, with a clear interest in bioinformatics, animal breeding and quantitative genetics. The project addresses fundamental questions related to adaptation to specific traits of the genomes of traditional cattle breeds in three African and three European countries. Within the project we will collect and analyse extensive phenotypic and whole genome sequence data. The data will be used for GWAS and selective sweep and ROH analyses. Experience with handling large phenotypic and genomic datasets and an interest in quantitative genetic concepts is a prerequisite.

We ask 

Candidates should have a PhD in one of the following subjects: Bioinformatics with strong emphasis on the bio site and /or conservation genetics. The candidate should have a strong track record as a PhD student and/or postdoc and show a keen and independent

intellect. Establish and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders and research collaborators to ensure relevance and quality of research outputs.

Further preferred skills:

• Be able to handle large data sets (Bioinformatics skills; scripting, design analysis pipelines,

• Interest in quantitative genetic concepts (such as GWAS) and biodiversity.

• Good organizational and excellent communication skills (both spoken and written in English)

• Ability to work in a team of diverse scientists and multidisciplinary teams.

• Scientific track record with publications.
We offer 

The position is available within Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics, that combines the activities of Wageningen Livestock Research and Wageningen University in the field of animal breeding and genomics. This also includes close collaboration with the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands. The candidates will be employed at Wageningen University, location Wageningen.

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period, for at most 38 hours per week, for a period of 2 years. Salary depends on the qualifications and experience with a gross minimum of salary group 10 (€ 2709) and a gross maximum of salary group 11 (€ 4978). The salary is based on a fulltime contract (38 hours per week).
More information 

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr Richard Crooijmans ( ; +31-317-484891); prof. Martien Groenen ( ; +31-317-483747) or Ir. Lucia Kaal ( ; +31 317-480515).

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We are 

Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics (WUR-ABG) is the centre of excellence for all national and international animal breeding and genomics activities (research and education) of Wageningen University & Research ( )

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

The postdoc will be employed at a newly funded project ‘OPTIBOV: Genetic characterization of cattle populations for optimized performance’. The project is part of the LEAP Agri programme ‘A Long term EU-Africa research and innovation Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable Agriculture’ where NWO is the national Dutch financer.
Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics comprises almost 100 employees, including professors, lecturers, senior and junior scientists, post-docs, PhD students and support staff. We perform research in quantitative genetics, genomics, breeding programs and genetic diversity, across the major livestock species and fish. Many of the research projects are undertaken in close collaboration with the breeding industry, for a large part under the umbrella of Breed4Food.