Doctoral positions in ancient pathogen DNA

The Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, utilizes recent advances in molecular approaches on biomolecules, such as genome wide DNA sequencing, to uncover a spectrum of information that can be retrieved from sample repositories such as anthropological and archaeological collections.The Molecular Paleopathology group invites applications for  Doctoral positions in ancient pathogen DNA with start dates as soon as possible.

Job Description

We seek to fill multiple positions at the doctoral level with a focus on molecular palaeopathology. Analyses will involve morphological evaluation and laboratory processing of pathological bone, and computational analysis of ancient pathogen DNA from large datasets. Data will draw upon archaeological samples from the Neolithic to post-Medieval periods, and will cover a broad geographical expanse, with an emphasis on Eurasian and New World populations. Prior work in ancient DNA or molecular biology is not required. The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (anthropology, archaeology, microbiology, biology, genetics, etc.) and share an interest in the human past. Experience in delivering oral presentations is preferred. This is a full time three-year contract position (extendable by one year).

Your application

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing individuals with disabilities and relevant candidates are encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are under-represented and thus welcomes applications from female candidates.

Your application should include a CV and a cover letter outlining in detail your qualifications, suitability for the position, and interest in working with our team. The names and contact details of three referees should also be provided.

Please submit your application in English as a single PDF file to:

Applications will be accepted until March 20, 2020.  

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