Department of Archaeogenetics in Jena: Postdoc position (E13 100 %)

The department for Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, is offering a position for a Postdoc 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.

The candidate’s job will be the analysis of human genomic data from ancient and modern samples to reconstruct population history. The goal is to understand genetic diversity and substructure of Neolithic and Bronze Age populations, with a particular emphasis on West- Eurasia. To this end, the candidate will use statistical methods to quantify ancestral relationships, such as PCA, admixture, and f-statistics. We will also develop 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.

The ideal applicant should have completed a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, and computer science or relevant neighboring disciplines, worked with large high-throughput sequencing or SNP datasets, and 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, curriculum vitae (indicating previous academic performance indicators, publication history, and prior research experience) via our online application form:

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.

The current deadline is March 31, 2020.

For more details on the research program please contact:
Prof. Johannes Krause, E-mail:
Dr. Wolfgang Haak, E-mail:
Dr. Stephan Schiffels, E-mail:

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