AgResearch Invermay Research Centre, Otago, New Zealand
( funded by Ovita Limited. )

Post-doctoral Scientist: Quantitative Methods for Gene Mapping

The AgResearch Animal Genomics programme seeks a creative and motivated
post-doctoral scientist to assist with linkage disequilibrium mapping in sheep populations.
The position involves developing and implementing suitable analysis methods and
optimising genotyping strategies with constraints on animals that are available for
genotyping. The candidate should have a strong background in statistical analysis of
genetic data and, in particular, gene mapping. They should have a good working
knowledge of genetic principles related to gene mapping. They also need good
programming skills in order to develop software to assist in these studies.

AgResearch is New Zealandís leading agricultural research company and is well
resourced to carry out innovative research, building on its proven track record in gene
discovery. Visit our website on AgResearch have joined with
Meat New Zealand and the New Zealand Wool Board to form the company Ovita
(, to discover, develop and commercialise knowledge of the sheep
genome for New Zealand sheep producers. This position is being funded by Ovita,
commencing as soon as possible, and continues until 30 June 2005.

The position is in a key area of the Animal Genomics programme at AgResearch. The
programme seeks to have expertise that links the discovery of segregating traits through
QTL mapping to identification of the genes responsible and their subsequent use in
industry. This position will help narrow the location of identified QTL using the New
Zealand sheep industryís unique source of selection lines and industry data recorded for
a wide variety of differing traits related to animal health and production. The Animal
Genomics group has 45 staff at the Genomics laboratory at the Invermay Agricultural
Research Centre at Mosgiel and the associated AgResearch Molecular Biology Unit at
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. There are also 3 statistics and 5
bioinformatics staff located at Invermay.

The Invermay campus is situated in pleasant rural surroundings adjacent to Mosgiel and
15km from the city of Dunedin (,, a
friendly university city boasting excellent educational, arts and recreational facilities.
Within 3 hours drive are spectacular lakes and mountains, and the fruit and wine growing
areas of Central Otago, with easy access for tramping, climbing, boating and skiing.

A Ph.D. in statistics, animal breeding or genetics or a closely related field with emphasis
on gene mapping is required.

To receive a job description and Application Form, contact Rachel Baker, AgResearch
Molecular Biology Unit, University of Otago, P O Box 56 Dunedin, New Zealand phone
+64 03 479 7681, fax +64 03 477 5413 or email

Applications on the AgResearch Application Form, together with your CV and the
names of two referees should be forwarded to Rachel Baker at the above address or
email by the closing date of 1 October 2002

All enquiries relating to the position should be directed to Ken Dodds, phone +64 3 489
9083 email: