Aarhus University (AU)

Tenure track in statistical genomics to develop methods for multi-omics data integration

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The position
Use of omics information sources from high-throughput platforms such as DNA-chips, whole genome sequencing, RNAseq, metabolite spectra, etc., are currently transforming biological research, plant and animal breeding, and personalized medical applications. Flexible statistical methods with high accuracy will be a key driver for novel applications in this area, such as unravelling gene and gene-environment interactions, elucidating the genetic architecture of complex traits, or to develop prediction methods across distantly related individuals in agriculture and human applications. In modern breeding programs, use of multi-omics data leads to large and complex models for estimation and prediction, and also efficiency for large scale implementations is important. The candidate is expected to develop a strong and competitive research program in the area of method development, implementation, and application of statistical genetics for the integration of diverse and complex omics information sources. It is a plus if the candidate can bridge between applications in different species (plants, animals, humans) or in different research areas (gene mapping, genetic architecture, prediction). The majority of the activity at the center is externally funded and the incumbent, therefore, is expected to be able to attract substantial external funding.

The candidate
The candidate must have

  • PhD degree in quantitative genetics, statistics, mathematics, computer science, or similar fields,
  • Demonstrated excellence in research in the field of statistical genomics or genomic prediction
  • Proficiency in computer programming in C++, Fortran, Julia
  • A strong record of research achievement as demonstrated by journal publications
  • Documented excellent skills in oral and written communication in English,
  • Documented experience on collaboration with non-university partners,
  • Experience in Research based ministry advice is desirable

Successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Deliver innovative research of the highest international standard
  • Actively publishing high-quality research
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of researchers both internally and internationally,
  • Collaborate with partners in commercial breeding organizations,
  • Contribute to government consultancy,
  • Involvement in supervising master and PhD students,
  • Attract competitive research funding from national and international funding bodies.

Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG)
The institute like center QGG, is a major center for research and education in quantitative genetics and quantitative genomics (www.qgg.au.dk/en) at Aarhus university. We perform basic and applied research within livestock and plant breeding as well as human applications within precision medicine. The research within QGG is characterized by a very close synergy between method development, basic analyses and application of the developed methods on practical problems across species in collaboration with industry partners. QGG is an international research Center with about 70 employees and visiting researchers from over 15 nations. QGG works in teams and strive for an excellent working environment. We therefore value self-leadership, open communication, respect for diversity and success in mentoring, supervision and teaching. The current location of QGG is in Foulum and Flakkebjerg. However, the main location of QGG will be the main campus in Aarhus centre. The candidate can therefore choose between working in Foulum or in Aarhus.

For further information contact Head of Center Mogens Sandø Lund, Phone: +45 20751222, e-mail: mogens.lund@qgg.au.dk

Place of Work
The work adress for the time being is Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark. However within the next year research facilities will be available in 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. When these facilities become available, it will be possible that the work address will be in Aarhus”.

Technical Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.

The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:
  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path
As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:
  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level
As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in ques-tion before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Application deadline:
01 August 2020

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