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Senior Scientist - New Zealand

  • Genomics focussed
  • Analysis of large data sets

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) is a world-leading dairy herd performance improvement
co-operative, developing and utilising cutting edge technology that enables farmers to achieve superior on farm performance. LIC invests heavily in research and development. With over 700 staff globally and revenue in excess of $205m, LIC has consistently delivered net surpluses and has a very strong balance sheet. The Board and Chief Executive have recently undertaken a comprehensive review of LIC's strategy and structure to deliver on its vision to improve the prosperity and productivity of our farmers.

LIC has been successful in the implementation and commercialisation of Genomic Selection in the dairy industry. We currently have genotypes on tens of thousands of animals.  We are now exploring the use of sequence data to improve the accuracy of identifying the animals that improve the genetic merit of the New Zealand dairy herd.  LIC has embarked on an extensive sequencing programme and has completed sequencing of over 500 animals and RNA sequencing of 400 animals.  Reporting to the Science Leader in the Research & Development Group, the role will be accountable for the management, analysis and interpretation of the large amount of genotype and sequence data available.  The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong knowledge of molecular genetics, bioinformatics and statistical skills, sound knowledge of quantitative genetics and have working knowledge of a range of programming skills.  The candidate must be able to present results both verbally and in writing, as well as be able to communicate effectively in English.

Applicants will display the following attributes:

  • A Ph.D in molecular genetics, bioinformatics, quantitative or statistical genetics.
  • Experience in analysing large datasets.
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • General animal science knowledge.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, negotiation, influencing and relationship management skills
  • Agility, flexibility and resilience.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a positive and focused team which includes more than 15 PhD qualified researchers. 

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