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UCPH, Denmark – Postdoctoral fellowship in Statistical, Population genomics, Bioinformatics

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GLOBE Institute at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow as part of the COREX synergy project, Denmark – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: November 5, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Mar 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 35,915 DKK/Month

GLOBE Institute
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

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Qualification Details

The candidate will have a PhD degree or equivalent doctorate, with a background in one or more of the following areas: statistics, data science, evolutionary biology, population genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics and/or mathematics. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a working proficiency in one or more programming languages commonly used in data science (e.g. experience in Python, R, C/C++, Java or Julia) and have experience in the UNIX operating environment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The candidate will be able to work with unprecedentedly large ancient genomic, archaeological and paleo-vegetation datasets from a period spanning the last 10,000 years of West Eurasian history. The focus of the project will be on performing exploratory analyses and developing computational models to connect population genetic processes (population expansions, migrations and admixture), patterns of material culture distribution (i.e. diffusion of technology and art forms), environmental factors (climate, ecozones, subsistence strategy and the presence of pathogens), sedimentary DNA and demographic data (such as population density estimates from radiocarbon date density data). This will be done using a variety of geostatistically-aware models that account for auto-correlations in both space and time.

This will serve as a pioneer example of how to build statistically-supported conceptual bridges between archaeological and genetic inference. Our project will serve to determine what the impact of the movement of people was on the European landscape, simultaneously on multiple scales: continental, regional and local.

The fully funded postdoctoral fellowship will be carried out at the Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre, a unique center of research excellence in Denmark, with the aim to understand the evolution of complex traits using ancient DNA. The candidate will have to opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the fields of paleogenomics, sedimentary DNA and archaeology, including Mark Thomas, Stephen Shennan, Kristian Kristiansen, Kurt Kjær, Karl Göran-Sjögren, Eske Willerslev, Ralph Fyfe, Karin Frei and Jesse Woodbridge. The University of Copenhagen is a world-leading institution of higher learning and provides excellent programs in genetics, archaeology, statistics, computer science and mathematics.

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Documents Required

Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application focussing on how your experience and skills meet or exceed the stated criteria (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

About the Project

In the project “From correlations to explanations: towards a new European prehistory (COREX)” geneticists and archaeologists from the University College London (led by Mark Thomas and Stephen Shennan) join forces with archaeologists from Gothenburg (led by Kristian Kristiansen and Karl Göran-Sjögren), and geneticists from Copenhagen (led by Kurt Kjær, Eske Willerslev and Fernando Racimo). The project will combine prehistoric human genomic, archaeological, environmental, stable isotope and climate data to better understand the processes that shaped our biological and cultural past from the time of the first farmers to the Iron Age.The candidate will be advised by Assoc. Prof. Fernando Racimo, whose research group focuses on using ancient and present-day DNA to understand patterns of selection and admixture over time, in combination with archaeological and paleo-environmental data, and to develop methods to infer dynamic population processes while accounting for both spatial and temporal variation.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Note or Other details

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,915 DKK/ approx. 4,829 Euro (October 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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Contact details

For further information please contact Associate Professor Fernando Racimo:

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

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