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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 578690
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Animal Science Department Anr 10002063
Salary: 47484.00-50000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Non-Union, Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Information Technology, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The Department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work on the quantitative genetics of feed efficiency, including the use of data from sensors to predict feed intakes on individual cows.  A major focus of this position will be to help collate data from multiple project collaborators and help develop statistical and data mining tools to improve the accuracy of genomic predictions of feed efficiency in US dairy cattle and to help farms make culling decisions to improve feed efficiency.  The starting date is flexible but preferably shortly after September 15, 2019.  Review of applications will start immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Salary is commensurate with experience plus benefits.

Specific Position Duties 

Research (100%)

  • Work with large heterogeneous datasets deriving from multiple collaborators.

  • Develop methods and computer programs to conduct data analyses

  • Regularly discuss research ideas and analyses with collaborators

  • Have the primary responsibility for writing scientific publications. 

  • Present results at national and international scientific meetings

  • Write grant applications to major funding agencies



Required Degree

Doctorate -animal Breeding and Genetics, Statistics,

Minimum Requirements

PhD in relevant scientific area including Animal Breeding and Genetics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Data Science or related area.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in computer programming, particularly R and C or C++ or FORTRAN with the ability to communicate with databases and to handle large data files.

  • A strong record of achievement as demonstrated by journal publications.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to liaise with industry

  • High level of understanding of quantitative genetics and its role in animal improvement programs.

  • Ability to work independently but also as a team player

  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to becoming an independent scientist

  • Excellent skills in scientific writing

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter

  • 1 page description of research experience as well as qualifications and interest in this position

  • CV including prior positions, publications and technical expertise

  • Contact information of three references who may be contacted

Special Instructions

For more information about this position, please contact Rob Tempelman (

Review of Applications Begins On

Amended:  08/30/2019


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