This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), in Beltsville, MD.Learn more about this agency
The incumbent will serve as a member of a team of four ARS scientists working to improve dairy animals by increasing accuracy of genomic prediction, evaluating new traits, and redefining selection goals.
- Conduct research to improve efficiency, health, fertility, and other traits of economic importance in dairy cattle by evaluating genetic merit and comparing management practices so dietary needs of United States and other countries can be met.
- Research encompasses genetics, genomics, statistics, biometrics, bioinformatics, and computational strategies used to associate animal phenotypes with their underlying genetic make-up.
- Dataset for research include lactation, fitness, molecular marker, single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes, whole-genome DNA sequence, and other data from 35 million dairy animals in 20,000 herds enrolled in national milk recording programs.
- Responsible for interrogating SNP for more than 3.7 million animals, and whole-genome DNA sequence data for thousands of bulls obtained through in-house studies and participation in the 1,000 Bull Genomes Project.
- Generate research results for use by all segments of the U.S. dairy industry as well as dairy industries in many other countries.
- Expand genomic data useful for prediction by identifying variants that track the mutations that cause phenotypic differences, such as improved feed efficiency or different rumen microbial profiles.
- Research objectives include, but are not limited to, the enhancement of existing pipelines for selective breeding of dairy animals and the incorporation of new datasets into evaluation systems for improved accuracy of prediction.
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