Postdoctoral position in human population genetics of African populations
Sort on published: 2017-10-16
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The Postdoc position will be financed by an ERC starting grant awarded to Dr. Carina Schlebusch and the research will be conducted within the Human Evolution sub-Program at the Department of Organismal Biology (Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University). The Schlebusch group is specifically interested in studying human history on the African continent and uses genetic data from modern day populations and ancient remains as a tool for the inference of African history. The Human Evolution sub-Program, in which the Schlebusch group is situated, has a broad interest in population genetics and human evolution. There are ample opportunities to work closely with postdocs and PhD students that focus on related projects. The research environment is international with English being the working language. See Dr. Schlebusch web-page for more information on the research and recent publications (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/evolution-and-development/schlebusch/) and Human Evolution Program web-page for more information on the Program (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/evolution-and-development/human-evolution/).
Project description: The spread of farming practices has had a marked influence on how humans are distributed around the globe today. Inferences about the spread of farming in Africa are mostly based on linguistic and archeological studies. Genome-wide studies started to make a contribution to research on the history of African farmers but many populations remain poorly represented, making detailed inferences problematic. The present study proposes to investigate spread of farming in Sub-Saharan Africa. The successful postdoc candidate will help to coordinate various projects in the group (including field work, laboratory work and computational analyses) with the aim to generate and use genomic data from current day African populations and ancient remains to investigate the spread of farming to the various parts of the African continent.
Requirements: Doctoral degree, or an equivalent foreign degree, in a relevant field. To be qualified for an appointment as a postdoctoral fellow you must hold a doctorate or a foreign degree equivalent to a doctorate, and have completed the degree within three years before the application deadline. In special circumstances, the PhD can have been completed earlier, including leave of absence due to sickness, parental leave, etc.
A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment. Greater emphasis will be placed on the quality of individual scientific publications than on the number of publications.
Additional qualifications: The ideal candidate is highly motivated with thorough education and strong interest in evolutionary genetics/genomics, population genetics and human evolution. Previous experience with large-scale genetic data analysis, bioinformatics, and programming is advantageous. Mathematical, computational and statistical training is also advantageous. Field work experience (especially in Africa) and an interest/background in African history is also advantageous.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: Individual salary
Starting: 2018-02-01 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position ending 2020-01-31
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact
Carina Schlebusch, e-mail Carina.Schlebusch@ebc.uu.se.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 19 November, UFV-PA 2017/3553.
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Placement: Department of Organismal Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3553
Last application date: 2017-11-19