Possibilities for Postdocs at the Department of Archaeogenetics

The Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, is generally seeking qualified applicants to consider to Postdoc positions in Population Genetics (E13 100%) for up to four years.

The overarching research topic in the department of Archaeogenetics 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, gene-culture coevolution, and adaptation to infectious disease.

We are generally seeking qualified candidates to analyse human genomic data from ancient and modern samples to reconstruct population history. The goal is to understand genetic diversity and substructure of past populations mostly from but not exclusive to Western Eurasia. To this end, the candidate will use statistical methods to quantify ancestral relationships, such as PCA, admixture, and f-statistics. We are also developing explicit tree- and graph-based population-genetic models for common ancestry and admixture between different groups of samples to understand order and timing of historical events.

Ideal applicants should have completed a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, and computer science or relevant neighboring disciplines, ideally worked with large high-throughput sequencing or SNP datasets, and have a profound interest in human history. Prerequisites also include evidence of strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to complete tasks in a timely and structured fashion.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increase the employment of individuals with a disability and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit a letter of interest in one single file up to 5 MB detailing how you meet the qualifications and what you would like to work on, and a curriculum vitae (indicating previous academic performance indicators, publication history, and prior research experience) via our online application form: https://lotus2.gwdg.de/mpg/mjws/perso/shh_p030.nsf/application

Please note that when submitting your document in our application form you will be asked for contact information of three referees. Your referees will receive an email containing a link where they can upload their letter of recommendation. The deadline for submission of these letters is the same as the one for the applications.

For more details on the research program please contact:
Prof. Johannes Krause, E-mail: krause@shh.mpg.de
Dr. Wolfgang Haak, E-mail:  haak@shh.mpg.de
Dr. Stephan Schiffels, E-mail: schiffels@shh.mpg.de

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