Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Georg-August University Göttingen seeks to fill

four professorships

within the framework of a new

"Center for Integrated Breeding"

at the earliest possible date.

The professorships are part of a "Center for Integrated Breeding" which is unique in Europe. This center is presently in the development stage und will bring together knowledge from plant- and animal-breeding with contributions from natural sciences as well as social sciences in order to establish an internationally leading role in this field. The establishment of the Center is being supported by leading German companies in the fields of animal and plant breeding.
The successful canditates are expected to show a strong interdisciplinary approach and the willingness to cooperate with other faculties. There are excellent opportunities for research in cooperation with companies internationally active in the fields of animal and plant breeding.

In teaching, the professorships should contribute to the research orientated MSc-programme "Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding", which is to be established, as well as to other programmes offered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences for BSc-, MSc- and PhD-students. Ability and willingness to teach in English are a prerequisite. The conditions for being appointed to a professorship are stated in § 25 of the Niedersächsischen Hochschulgesetzes (NHG) vom 26.02.2007 (Nds. GVBl. S. 69). The University of Göttingen Public Law Foundation has the right to appoint professors. Details will be gladly explained upon request.

Applications from abroad are expressly welcome. Under certain circumstances, the positions may be filled on a part-time basis. The University of Göttingen strives to increase its proportion of female staff in fields where women are underrepresented and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. The university plans to make the professorships part of the Programme for Women Professors jointly organised by the German federal government and regional states. Disabled persons with equivalent qualification will be given preference.
Applications including a CV with a representation of the applicant?s academic education and career, publications and teaching record should be submitted electronically no later than April 19, 2015.

Full Professor "Functional Breeding" genetics and improvement of functional traits by breeding
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The successful candidate will cover the field of development and implication of breeding methods for the purpose of improving functional traits in livestock with a focus on poultry. Research should contribute to combining the necessary genetic performance of livestock with the expression of functional traits such as fertility, health, behaviour and resource efficiency under the aspect of animal welfare. To this purpose, modern genome-based approaches including methods of quantitative genetics should be utilised. Facilities for experimental research with animals are available.
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Full Professor (W3) "Plant Breeding Methodology"
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The successful candidate covers the discipline of Plant Breeding and all aspects of its role in crop production. A strong methodological focus on Quantitative Genetics / Population Genetics as well as Selection Theory is expected. At a later moment, the candidate will succeed Prof. Dr. Heiko Becker, Professor of Plant Breeding.
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Full Professor (W3) "Crop Plant Genetics"
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The successful candidate is familiar with all current trends in Crop Plant Genetics and she/he is capable of investigating and judging their potential in crop breeding sciences. Her/his research will focus on highly promising methods for use in practical plant breeding e.g. functional genomics emphasizing nutrient uptake or pest resistance, application of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, analysis of gene networks, epigenetics or control of recombination.
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Temporary professor (W2) with tenure track "Breeding Informatics"
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The successful candidate will develop methods based on bioinformatics for the efficient use of data from genome sequencing, high-throughput phenotyping and high-throughput genotyping in animal and plant breeding. This entails the development of methods which combine bioinformatics approaches with concepts from quantitative genetics, statistical genetics and population genomics. The methods thus formulated should be tested with very large data sets ("Big Data") stemming from practical breeding.
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