Announcement: October 17, 2019. Summer employment opportunities are being offered to junior, senior, or graduate students with a major in animal or dairy science to learn and apply research techniques in analyzing dairy cattle genetics and management data. The work assignment is on location in Prince George’s County of Maryland and is to benefit the missions of the Council of Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) and USDA’s Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL). Primary missions of the CDCB is to maintain the national dairy database plus calculate and verify accuracy of the genetic evaluations for the U.S. dairy industry. The primary missions of AGIL is to perform genetic and management research and develop genetic evaluation methodology to be used by the CDCB. These organizations have a history of performing quality research and reporting their findings in scientific journals and farm press. Applications due February 15, 2020. To obtain more details about the assignment or an application form, link to CDCB Internship.
Announcement: September 24, 2019. The Geneticist is to review and improve CDCB’s genetic evaluation methods and processes. Interaction with internal and external individuals and organizations of the CDCB and particularly with the AGIL staff will be important to evaluate and enhance the CDCB genetic evaluation system. Providing clear reporting on the performance of the models, from data extraction to public files result creation are key responsibilities of this position. This includes establishing the necessary programming framework and interacting with the current system to provide successful genetic evaluations and genomic predictions on behalf of the CDCB. For full information please review the position announcement here
Genomic Data Manager
Status: CLOSED on June 13th.
Announcement: February 8, 2018. The Genomic Data Manager is to lead the efforts to maintain and improve the functionalities of the CDCB genomic processing system. The Genomic Data Manager will: interact with the CDCB genomic data analyst on a daily basis to provide high level customer support, providing services to member sectors and allied industry cooperators; validate new SNP chips and new types of genomic data, manage genomic data ingestion, maintain the SNP database, and identify most performant SNPs for genotype QC and genomic evaluations; collaborate with internal and external individuals and organizations of the CDCB, particularly with genotyping laboratories to ensure successful data quality. For full information please review the position announcement here.
Chief Data Officer (CDO)
Status: CLOSED on June 13th.
Announcement: October 23, 2017. The collection and need for data continues to grow exponentially in the dairy sector. On farm data sensors have become extremely sophisticated and are widely adopted, generating enormous quantities of data points yet marginally explored by centralized hubs. The primary role of Chief Data Officer is insuring that the CDCB has the right data usable in the right ways to operationalize this vision. The Chief Data officer’s role is part developer and strategic visionary for creation of new data pipelines and part data steward for constantly improving data quality. New data types include data generated by automated milking systems sensor devices, existing on-farm data management software, new analytical technologies of milk analyses, data generated by other professional networks servicing dairy herds and complex phenotypes generated at specialized dairy operations. For full information please review the position announcement here.
Software Developer (SD)
Status: CLOSED on Oct 25th.
Announcement: October 1, 2017. CDCB is looking for a smart, extremely motivated team member who is willing and able to contribute quickly on CDCB projects, and who is excited and passionate about calculating and distributing genetic evaluations and genomic predictions; managing data storage, and for analyzing and distributing dairy cattle data. The right SD will be generating code mainly in Python language to be integrated in the CDCB data systems. In addition to technical skills, we are looking for a team player constantly teaming with the staff of the CDCB and the US Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service – Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory ( USDA-ARS-AGIL ) in order to achieve the proposed goals. For full information please review the position announcement here.