Further information

For queries, please contact:

Dr. Christina Warinner


Ms. Anke Trinkler

Your application

Start date: Position open until filled, initial application review on June 30, 2017.

Please submit your application in English as a single PDF file, including the following:

  • Cover letter, explaining research experience and reason for interest in this project
  • CV
  • Copies of advanced degree certificates (BA/BS, MA, and PhD diplomas or transcripts); if candidate is ABD and PhD is anticipated but not yet granted, please explain the circumstances in the cover letter
  • Names and contact information (email and phone) for 3 referees

Please submit your application as a single PDF to dag-jobs@shh.mpg.de.

Please ask your 3 referees to separately email a recommendation letter to dag-jobs@shh.mpg.de with your surname in the email subject line.

Job Offer Department of Archaeogenetics

Postdoc Position in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics

The Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) is offering a two-year postdoc position in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics, with the possibility of extension. The position requires a PhD degree and proficiency in bioinformatics and/or computational approaches, with experience working with metagenomic data. Experience with programming and shell scripting languages Python, Perl, and/or R is required. Prior experience analyzing HTS microbial data from the human microbiome and/or other complex microbial environments is strongly desired.

The primary research focus of this postdoctoral position is the investigation of human oral and gut microbiome ecology and evolution through time, with the opportunity to analyze data from contemporary non-human primates and diverse contemporary societies, as well as extraordinary samples (dental calculus and paleofeces) spanning human evolution and broad periods of human history and prehistory. In addition to metagenomics data, concurrent projects in the Microbiome Sciences Group on metaproteomics and metabolomics provide rich complementary data sets for integrative analysis. Particular areas of interest are microbiome biodiversity, community structure analysis, functional analysis, genome assembly, and strain diversity characterization. Additional responsibilities include supervision of graduate students, support of ongoing research projects, and leadership of independent research projects. Opportunities are also available to teach in the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).  

The position will be supervised by Dr. Christina Warinner.

Your qualifications


  • Have or are about to obtain a PhD degree in bioinformatics, computer science, biology, microbiology, biochemistry or related subject
  • Proficiency in programming and shell scripting languages (Python, Perl, and/or R)
  • Experience analyzing large HTS metagenomic datasets
  • Experience in microbial genomics, including genome reconstruction and annotation


  • Programming experience with C++ and/or Java
  • Experience analysing microbiome data
  • Experience in human, animal, and/or plant genomics and/or proteomics

Additional points

  • Interest in genetic data generated from prehistoric and historic samples
  • Have an strong academic and research record
  • Are enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Have proficient English skills

We offer:

  • The opportunity to be involved in transformative research projects that provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Opportunities to learn new skills in archaeological and archaeological science methodologies
  • Cutting-edge facilities, instruments, and computational support
  • An excellent research environment
  • An English language working environment

The overarching goal of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is to explore the history of humans using state-of-the-art analytical methods. Scientists from different disciplines, such as genetics, linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and history are working together to answer fundamental questions about the biological and cultural evolution of man from the Paleolithic until today, and they jointly develop innovative methods, in particular in the areas of genome sequencing, language documentation, bioinformatics and phylogeography.

We offer an interesting and responsible job in a competitive, dynamic and stimulating international research environment. Remuneration will follow the public service pay scale TVöD level E13 for full-time employment (100%), corresponding to an annual gross salary of 50,900-53,600 EUR, depending on qualifications and experience. In addition, social benefits are paid according to the regulations of the Civil Service.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Information regarding the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History can be found at www.shh.mpg.de.

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