Zoetis has developed industry leading genetic evaluations for cattle that combine genomic, phenotypic, and pedigree data to help livestock producers address complex challenges related to animal health, productivity, and efficiency. Underpinning these genetic evaluations are vast phenotype and genotype databases spanning economically relevant traits and breeds, coupled with access to cutting edge genomic evaluation and cloud computing infrastructure. The Principal Scientist – Genetic Evaluation will lead all aspects of service delivery related to internal genetic evaluations supporting the Genetics business. This Principal Scientist – Genetic Evaluation will coordinate the development, deployment, and execution of genetic evaluations for dairy cattle, beef cattle, and other species, as applicable. In this role, the successful candidate must direct a team of data scientists and facilitate inter-departmental collaborations to ensure dependable and convenient delivery of genetic information to Zoetis customers. This role will serve as the subject matter expert for genetic evaluation services within the Operations team and will make significant contributions to strategy and development activities. The successful candidate would be responsible for leadership, execution, and monitoring of routine genetic and genomic evaluation for dairy and beef cattle; work with various groups and teams to ensure timely receipt of data and delivery of high-quality results; helps identify current and future customer needs as well as potential scientific and technical improvements. May interact with customers and go on customer visits to further the development of the evaluation. Strong written and verbal technical skills and ability to communicate with internal and external customers is a required skill. An understanding of the livestock industry would be beneficial.
The major duties will include but are not limited to:
Provides expertise in the application of statistical analyses and quantitative genetics in genetic evaluation, leading to the creation of genomically-enhanced breeding values for economically relevant traits. Experience and/or training with single-step genomic evaluation strategies is strongly recommended.
Performs incoming and outgoing data quality control as required, including pedigree, phenotypic, and genomic data.
Supervises data quality analysts responsible for incoming/outgoing data QC.
Accountable for performance and delivery of routine genetic and genomic evaluations.
Takes responsibility for investigations into inconsistent results or system anomalies.
Works with Lab Operations, Customer Services, Technical Services, and Information Technology Services to identify bottlenecks and ensure smooth and efficient data flow, with timely reporting to customers being a top-priority.
Collaborates with R&D to deploy new analyses and services and identify future areas of improvement and development.
Provides guidance to senior leadership in the context of operational metrics, strategic planning, lifecycle management, and growth of the service offering.
Occasionally provides training to Zoetis Sales Force and other Key Stakeholders.
Occasional travel may be required to including but not limited to, customer visits, industry meetings and collaborator visits.
Management and development of the team including task management.
Masters or PhD degree in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, or similar field.
Strong understanding of statistical methods and tools used in estimation of breeding values for production, reproduction, health, and other economically relevant traits in livestock species, especially single-step genomic analyses.
Practical experience in conducting genetic and genomic evaluations in production settings and 3-5 years of industry experience strongly preferred.
Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
Excellent programming skills and experience in Fortran90, R, Perl, C, C++, and Java in a Unix/Linux environment.
Experience in working with databases and large data sets.
Experience in using DNA markers for genetic evaluation.
Deep understanding of US and International cattle industries including relevant stakeholders (e.g., breed associations, producer groups).
Strong communication skills- both verbal and written.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse personalities.
Comfortable in a rapidly changing environment.
Self-motivated; ability to work independently and lead a constructive, efficient team is critical.
Experience and interest in interacting with customers, collaborators or industry leaders.
Note: At the time of this posting, there are two open positions. One (Senior Scientist) is also posted on the Zoetis Careers website. it has slightly lower qualifications and responsibilities.
Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways. Building on more than 65 years of experience, we deliver quality medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, complemented by genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant.