PhD positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
Please notice our deadline: 10th of February 2016!
The Archaeogenetics department at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, is offering up to 6 PhD positions beginning in summer 2016. The overarching research topic at the institute is the use of novel scientific approaches from high throughput sequencing of ancient DNA from human populations and their pathogens to explore research questions related to human history & demography, gene-culture coevolution, and adaptation to infectious disease. The main foci are the relationship between humans and pathogens through time, human population dynamics on a (pre)-historical time-scale, and in tandem with microbial evolution.
The institute hosts a multi-disciplinary research team and is looking for students from a variety of backgrounds including, but not restricted to, molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, anthropology and archaeology. Students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a proven record of success in their discipline and a genuine interest in examining questions related to human history are encouraged to apply.
What are we looking for?
- Enthusiastic PhD students with strong interests in the central topic
- Applicants should have a firm background in one of the following fields: molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, anthropology and archaeology
- Applicants must have or be about to obtain a Master’s degree or a qualification equivalent to the German Diploma
- The applicant’s academic performance must be excellent
- Students holding a Bachelor’s degree from a research-oriented institution can also be admitted to the program, if they have shown outstanding ability (e.g. a refereed first author publication)
- Candidates should demonstrate adequate competence in the English language
What do we offer?
- Highly integrative projects which require willingness to embrace multiple disciplines and close collaborations with other researchers with different backgrounds
- Exciting research questions
- State-of-the-art equipment
- An excellent research environment
- A structured training program
- The working language is English
Which projects do we offer?
We offer a wide list of appealing projects. Please state in your application which project you are interested in.
For a list of projects please follow this link.