Associate Professor position in statistical genetics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Aug 2023

The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Aarhus University invites applications

to an Associate Professor position in statistical genetics.

Expected start date and duration of employment

1 January 2024

Job description
The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics wishes to strengthen its research expertise and activities in statistical genetics. We are seeking a dedicated researcher to develop statistical genetics methods and/or models to analyze large scale genomics, multi- and integrative omics, and phenotypic data.

The Associate Professor is expected to manage and carry out public-private partnership research projects at an international level in collaboration with industrial partners in plant and animal breeding. The Associated Professor is expected to develop a strong and competitive research program, contribute to joint research in collaboration with colleagues at the center, and participate in developing the center’s future research strategy.

The Associate Professor is expected to pursue internationally recognized research in
computational methods for genetic evaluation such as linear mixed models, hierarchical models with random effects. We in particular welcome applicants with interest in method development for large scale genetic evaluation using dense genomic information.

Your profile

The successful candidate is expected to complement existing strengths of the center. The candidate must have:

- PhD degree in quantitative genetics, animal or plant breeding, statistics, computer science or similar,
- research qualifications at associate professorship level,
- demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship in the field of statistical genetics or
computational methods for genetic evaluation,
- demonstrated high level skills in scientific programming,
- documented excellent skills in oral and written English communication,
- experience on collaboration with commercial partners,
- ability to work closely and build long-term relationships with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders.

Successful candidates is expected to:
- deliver innovative research and publish papers of the highest international standard,
- collaborate with a diverse group of researchers both internally and internationally,
- collaborate with partners in commercial breeding organizations,
- involvement in supervising and teaching master and PhD students,
- attract national and international competitive research funding from external funding bodies

Who we are
The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) is a vibrant and exciting interdisciplinary center for research and education in quantitative genetics and quantitative genomics. QGG is an international organization with 70 employees and visiting researchers from more than 22 countries. We perform basic and applied research within plant, livestock and human quantitative genetics. Our focus areas include quantitative genetics, artificial intelligence applied to agriculture and precision medicine, population genetics, and integrative genomics. QGG is located at the central campus in Aarhus and at the AU Flakkebjerg campus in newly renovated offices with well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories, equipment, and high-performing computing clusters.

What we offer
  • A welcoming and collaborative atmosphere with close working relationships in teams, professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.
  • Training and international experience in public-private partnerships.
  • Mentoring for career development.
  • High-performance computational resources.
  • A collaborative environment, in which the candidate will be able to share across research fields such as quantitative genetics, machine learning, bioinformatics, and population genetics and applications in agriculture.
  • The position provides excellent possibilities for publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Aarhus University, Research Center Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

For further information and scientific enquiries, please contact Center leader and Professor Mogens Sandø Lund e-mail:

Applications must be received no later than 1. August 2023.

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