PhD position in population genomics and ancient DNA
Sort on published: 2018-05-09
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The Department of Organismal Biology teaches and explores the evolution, development and function of whole organisms. For more information see www.iob.uu.se
The PhD position will be financed by a Vetenskapsrådet starting grant awarded to Dr. Torsten Günther and the research will be conducted within the Human Evolution Program at the Department of Organismal Biology (Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University). The Günther group is specifically studying the prehistory of humans in Europe and the genomic history of animal domestication while developing and improving population genomic and bioinformatic methods to analyze palaeogenomic data. The Human Evolution Program, in which the Günther group is situated, has a broad interest in population genetics and human evolution. There are ample opportunities to work closely with postdocs and other PhD students who focus on related projects. The research environment is international with English being the working language. See Dr. Günther’s web-page for more information on research and recent publications (https://tgnthr.wordpress.com) and the Human Evolution Program web-page for more information on the program (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/human-evolution/).
Duties/Project description: Obtaining ancient DNA from prehistoric remains has opened up the time dimension for genetic research by allowing us to study populations across time and space. The student will analyze such data to study the evolutionary history of prehistoric domesticated animal (e.g. sheep) and human populations. While genomic studies on prehistoric human populations can complement results from other disciplines (e.g. archaeology, linguistics), animal domestication is a great model for evolutionary changes in a relatively short time frame and under strong selection pressures. Particular focus of the project will be on the development of population structure over time and how selection shaped the genomes of these populations. In addition to the analysis of published and newly generated datasets, the student will test and extend computational methods for working with such data.
Requirements: A Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field is required. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with thorough education and strong interest in evolutionary genetics/genomics, population genetics and bioinformatics. Previous experience with large-scale genetic data analysis, ancient DNA, and scripting/programming is advantageous. Mathematical, computational and statistical training is also advantageous. Candidates must be fluent in English.
In filling this position, the university aims to recruit the person who, in the combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department.
The PhD-student position is a 4-year appointment, and the candidate will primarily devote the time to his/her own research studies. Other departmental work, such as teaching or administration can be part of the position (maximum 20 %). Salary placement is in accordance with local guidelines at Uppsala University. The applicant must be eligible for PhD studies at Uppsala University. Information about research education can be found at the web site of the Faculty of Science and Technology, http://www.teknat.uu.se/Doktorand/.
Application: The application should include a letter of intent describing yourself and your research interests. The application should also include a CV, copy of master degree diploma and course grades, master thesis, contact information for references and other relevant documents.
Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&searchlanguage_en=English
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
Pay: According to local agreeement for Phd students and teaching assistents.
Starting: 2018-09-01, temporary positions ending 2022-08-31.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact
Torsten Günther, epost firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to submit your application no later then 17 June 2018, UFV-PA 2018/1735.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Organismal Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fast lön
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
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Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/1735
Last application date: 2018-06-17