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Senior Geneticist

Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS ( is a leading provider of genetic improvement services to aquaculture industries worldwide, with extensive experience from more than 20 large scale selection programs covering 15 species of fish and shrimp across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Services span all aspects of applied selection, including program design, operational procedures, genetic/genomic evaluations, and documentation of genetic gains. Akvaforsk Genetics Center is a member of the Benchmark Group (, a leading technology company which uniquely combines world leading expertise and operations across Genetics, Advanced Nutrition and Animal Health for sustainable food production. Through its Genetics division, Benchmark operates state-of-the-art breeding programs for salmonids, tilapia and shrimp, with global distribution of improved stock.


Position Description

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



Salary depending on qualifications and experience

Hours: Full time, working no less than 37½ hour per week

Location: Sunndalsøra, Norway (other location may be considered under specific circumstances)

Reports to: Managing Director, Akvaforsk Genetics Center


Applications 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.


Akvaforsk Genetics
Akvaforsk Genetics

Application deadline: 31.12.2018
Location: Sunndalsøra, Norway (other location may be considered under specific circumstances)

Contact information:

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Morten Rye, Managing Director Akvaforsk Genetics/ Director Of Genetics, Benchmark Genetics

(email:, Cell: +4795213271)