Assistant Professor in Statistical Genetics (69762)

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This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent, nationally and internationally recognized extramurally funded research program in statistical genetics.

The research focus may include theoretical, computational, and applied approaches to quantitative genetics, population genetics, mixed model methodology, and genetic evaluation and selection. The successful candidate will use genetic statistical analyses to improve our understanding of domestic animal biology and its practical application for improving animal production, well-being, and interaction with humans and the environment. Research will focus on development and use of statistical and bioinformatics tools to characterize the structure and function of animal genomes, improve association studies and enhance genetic prediction. The incumbent in the position will be expected to collaborate with projects related to large-scale genotype-to-phenotype analyses and with other faculty in animal science disciplines including physiology, ruminant nutrition, meat science, breeding and genetics, and immunology. There are additional opportunities for collaboration in the department with interdisciplinary programs in animal molecular and cell biology, microbiology, statistics, genomics, and across the university with the UF Informatics Institute, UF Genetics Institute and UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. University of Florida Information Technology (UFIT) operates and supports the infrastructure for research and advanced computing for the UF community. UF has the very best and fastest AI supercomputer in U.S. higher education and is in the midst of a campaign to raise artificial intelligence to the forefront of what we do. The incumbent is encouraged to participate in this initiative.

Preferred skills include a solid background in quantitative genetics, statistics (linear regression, predictive statistics, factorial analysis, PCA, graph theory, machine learning, Bayesian and Likelihood inferences), biostatistics, bioinformatics, programming (e.g., R, python, Java, 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. Expertise in predictive and Bayesian statistics is desirable.

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Animal Sciences. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

Florida boasts large and vibrant beef, dairy and horse industries that have strong ties to research, teaching and extension programs within IFAS. The Department of Animal Sciences ( ) has an emphasis on the forage consuming species, particularly cattle and horses, and their products useful to humankind. There are significant strengths in the Department in the areas of physiology, nutrition, genetics, and meat science that will serve as fertile collaborative potential for the incumbent to this position. The Department also has substantial farm facilities for housing beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and pigs for use by faculty in research, teaching and extension efforts.


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in animal breeding, quantitative genetics, biostatistics, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


Demonstrable or potential ability to attract extramural funding and publish in reputable peer-reviewed journals. Teaching and postdoctoral experience is desirable.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by February 28, 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 69762

Raluca Mateescu

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Dept. of Animal Sciences

University of Florida

PO Box 110910 Gainesville FL 32611-0910

Phone: 352-392-2367


Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals that will be willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Letters are not initially required, but may be requested by the chair of the search and screen committee following notification to the candidate.
  • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) .

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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