Professor in Statistical Genetics
Aarhus University Department of Bioscience

Professor in statistical genetics

Published29 Mar

Deadline15 Jun

Expected start1 Sep

  • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Center for Quantitative Genetics and GenomicsBlichers Allé 208830 Tjele

  • Full-time positionID: 811


The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University wishes to strengthen its research expertise and activities in statistical genetics with focus on statistical and computational method development in support of the two strategic focus areas ‘Modelling of life’ and ‘New breeding technologies’ (please see the strategy of the department).  In addition to a strong research program the candidate is expected to play a central role in recruiting and supervising pre- and post-doctoral fellows as well as in teaching courses at the department. The position is open from 1st of September 2019.

The position

 Use of genomic information sources from high-throughput platforms such as DNA-chips and whole genome sequencing is currently transforming plant and animal breeding programs as well as for personalized medical treatments. Flexible statistical methods with high accuracy is a key driver for this transformation. Modern breeding programs generates large amounts of data leading to large and complex models for estimation and prediction. Efficient implementation of methods for large scale is therefore 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 in order to make inferences on underlying biological phenomena. The majority of the activity at the department is externally funded and the incumbent, therefore, is expected to be able to attract substantial external funding.


The applicant should hold a PhD degree in quantitative genetics, statistics, mathematics, computer science, or similar fields. The applicant must possess an excellent scientific track record related to statistical genetics, strong teaching skills, excellent skills in oral and written English communication, a documented excellent ability to attract external funding, as well as a demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain collaboration with diverse groups both within as well as outside the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Place of work and area of employment

The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) at Aarhus University (AU) is a major center for research and education in quantitative genetics, quantitative genomics, and animal and plant breeding. The center is part of the Department for Molecular Biology and Genetics. The place of work is the AU Foulum Campus, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, 70 km from Aarhus, but there is a planned move to a new Campus in Aarhus in 2021.
For further information contact Head of Department Erik Østergaard Jensen, Phone: +45 28992567, e-mail: 


All applications must be made online and received by: June 15th 2019


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.

Formalities and salary range

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.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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.

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