Günther Lab @ Uppsala University

population genomics | ancient DNA | domestication | prehistory

Postdoctoral fellowship in ancient DNA and population genomics

The project will be financed by Carl Tryggers Stiftelse and the research will be conducted in the group of Dr. Torsten Günther 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 houses a state-of-the art ancient DNA lab. 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://gunther-lab.org) and the Human Evolution Program web-page for more information on the program (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/human-evolution/).

Project description: The process of domestication has fascinated biologists since the early days of the evolutionary theory. Domestication represents observable evolutionary change in a relatively short time span making it an ideal subject to study these processes. Recent technological advances in archaeogenomics allow to study such evolutionary changes through time by obtaining genomic data from populations across time and space. The project will conduct temporal sampling of sheep populations in Central Asia in order to understand how neutral and selective processes changed these populations over time.

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in a relevant field is required at the starting date. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with a thorough education and strong interest in archaeo-/palaeogenomics, evolutionary and population genetics. Experience in working in a molecular biology research lab is required, previous experience in working in an ancient DNA lab is a big plus. Experience with handling Next Generation Sequencing data, population genomic data analysis and scripting/programming is also advantageous. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

How to apply: Please email your application to Torsten Günther (torsten ‘dot’ guenther ‘at’ ebc ‘dot’ uu ‘dot’ se). The email should use the subject line “CTS Postdoc application” and all documents should be attached as a SINGLE PDF file. The application should include a letter of intent describing your research interests and your suitability for the position. The application should also include a CV with a publication list and other relevant achievements. Please provide contact details for at least two references.

The position: Staring date is September 1st or according to agreement (but no later than December 2019). This position is funded by a tax-free two year stipend (23,000 SEK per month) awarded by Carl Tryggers Foundation. The regulations of the foundation require that the candidate is an incoming postdoc (i.e. the PhD degree should not be from Uppsala University).

Please contact Torsten Günther (torsten ‘dot’ guenther ‘at’ ebc ‘dot’ uu ‘dot’ se) for informal inquiries. Reviewing applications will begin on May 1st 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The final candidate will have to be approved by the foundation.

Looking forward to your applications!


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