Senior Geneticist

We are looking for a Senior Geneticist to join our highly productive research team. The Senior Geneticist will join the core breeding and genetics group at Akvaforsk Genetics. Reporting to the Managing Director, the job holder will join a highly skilled team of experts in applied selective breeding with members from across the Benchmark Genetics division.

The position is to be based at Akvaforsk Genetics’ headquarters in Sunndalsøra, Norway. The Sunndal region represents a major Norwegian cluster of aquaculture R&D related to genetics, nutrition, intensive production systems and technologies. Located in the fjord area of Western Norway the region also offers unique opportunities for outdoor activities year-round.

Key Responsibilities

• Conduct role as leader or assistant leader for Akvaforsk Genetics’ deliveries to Benchmark’s own breeding programs for salmonids, tilapia and marine shrimp, or to external clients

• Assist technical deliveries to other breeding programs

• Lead, coordinate or contribute in relevant R&D projects


Essential skills and qualifications:

• A higher degree (PhD or equivalent) in applied genetics (i.e. animal breeding, genomics, statistics, or other relevant areas)

• Industry experience in quantitative and molecular genetics, data management, and extensive knowledge and understanding of quantitative genetics and its application in livestock or aquaculture species.

• Experience handling large scale genetic evaluations and/or analysis of genomic data

• Strong scientific publications record in relevant field

Personal attributes/characteristics:

• Excellent communication skill and high proficiency in spoken and written English

• Excellent analytical and team work skills

• Excellent problem-solving skills

• A self-starter comfortable with working with colleagues and clients in a variety of international locations

• Self-motivated and autonomous with effective time management abilities

• Flexible and able to travel nationally and occasionally internationally as required

Application deadline: December 31, 2018

Submissions: Send cover letter, CV and contact details of two references

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for scheduling personal interviews.

For enquiries, please contact: Dr. Morten Rye, Managing Director Akvaforsk Genetics/ Director Of Genetics, Benchmark Genetics (email:, Cell: +4795213271)

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a covering letter to Dr. Morten Rye, Managing Director Akvaforsk Genetics/ Director Of Genetics, Benchmark Genetics before 31st December 2018
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