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Quantitative Genetics/Genomics Data Analyst

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Working Title:

Quantitative Genetics/Genomics Data Analyst


Animal Science-0830

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Description of Work:

The purpose of this position is to support multi-disciplinary research using genetic/genomic data to answer animal biology and animal management questions. This position will support the analysis of phenotypic, pedigree, and genomic data in beef cattle for a wide-range of animal science disciplines including physiology, ruminant nutrition, meat science, breeding and genetics, and microbiology.


Duties will be oriented toward analysis of pedigree, phenotypic, and high-density genomic data in beef cattle. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1)Genome-wide association studies of a wide-array of trait complexes.
2)Genetic parameter estimation.
3)Genomic prediction.
4)Quantitative validation of genomic-based predictions and identified variants.
5)Development of data editing and analysis scripts and pipelines.
6)Maintenance of software and servers.
7) Contributing to publishing of research results.

Expected to work under the guidance of the supervisor to accomplish the research goals, prepare manuscripts for publication and prepare competitive grant proposals. Oversight for the position will be provided by Dr. Matthew Spangler (Animal Science).

A non-tenure leading research faculty position may be appointed annually for a maximum of five years. Continuation of the position from year to year will depend on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in animal breeding, statistical genetics/genomics or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred skills include a solid background in quantitative genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, programming (e.g., R, python, Fortran, and/or C/C++), use of common software for analysis of genetics data, analysis of non-normally distributed data, and large-scale dataset analysis.

Criminal History Background Check Required:


How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a cover letter that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and your experience 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references (or arrange to have reference letters sent to [email protected]).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Matt Spangler
mspangler [email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

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In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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