Research Fellow, Quantitative Genetics job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty:Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Department/School: School of Agriculture and Food
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is a leader in agricultural, food and veterinary science education and research in Australia.

The faculty includes the Melbourne Veterinary School and the School of Agriculture and Food. The faculty operates across three campuses: Parkville, Werribee and Dookie. We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the lands upon which these campuses are located, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples and the Yorta Yorta Nation. In addition to education and research, the faculty operates a veterinary hospital at Werribee, a broadacre farm at Dookie, and an equine hospital in Shepparton.

About the Role

The aim of this ARC project is to increase the accuracy of genomic prediction by discovering how sequence variants cause variation in multiple complex traits. As the Research Fellow (Quantitative Genetics) you will be responsible for analysis of genomic data on livestock and humans as part of a collaboration between Michael Goddard at the University of Melbourne and Naomi Wray at the University in Queensland.

As part of this research, you will develop new multi-trait methods and apply them to very large datasets of animals and humans with genomic sequence and phenotypic data. The outcome will be improved understanding of the genetics of complex traits, better methods for the genetic improvement of livestock and better human health.

This position will primarily be located at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus and may be required to attend other sites and campuses.

Responsibilities include:

  • As a research academic you are expected to conduct research under limited supervision as well as contribute to the reporting required to meet the project milestones and reporting schedule
  • Under the supervision of more senior team members who will act as mentors, conduct research and contribute to the production of publications from that research in peer-reviewed journals, articles and oral / written presentations to industry and lay audiences
  • Lead by example and ensure the values, standards and expectations appropriate behavior in the workplace and the best interests of a leading University are upheld as well as the University’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Prepare and participate in the communication and dissemination of information relating to the discipline

About You

You will have the ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships with the aim of obtaining research funding and be able to supervise honors and postgraduate research degree theses. You will possess excellent communication skills in English, written and oral, appropriate for scientific audiences as well as excellent organizational and administrative abilities and strong inter-personal skills. You will also present a strong track record of working collaboratively as a member of a team with a wide diversity of background, interests and at a variety of locations including positive interactions with academic and administrative staff of diverse cultural backgrounds. Having the capacity to provide academic mentoring, counseling and consultation to students and/or more junior staff commensurate with experience is desirable but not essential.

You will also have:

  • A PhD, or near completion of a PhD, awarded in quantitative genetics or closely related relevant discipline or equivalent qualification
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct statistical analysis of data on quantitative traits in combination with genomic data
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply genomic selection
  • A demonstrated knowledge of computing strategies for the analysis of very large data files
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original research under limited supervision, delivering against research objectives evidenced by a record of peer-reviewed publications and journal articles, as well as oral and written presentations to industry and lay audiences

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and well-being services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

Position Description: 0040286_ResearchFellowQuantitativeGenetics_PD.pdf

Application close: 19th September 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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