ORGANISATION/COMPANYChristian Albrechts University, Kiel
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciences › ZoologyHistory › PrehistoryOther
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)Recognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE15/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONGermany › Kiel
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK38.7
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / ERC
The Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at Kiel University is pleased to announce a Postdoctoral Researcher position (m/f/d) in Ancient Livestock Genomics to be filled from August 1st 2020 until March 31th 2023. The weekly working time corresponds to full employment (currently 38.7 hours). The salary will be according to the payment grade 13 TV-L.
We are looking for a highly motivated, productive researcher who is will contribute to an international research team consisting of archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, stable isotope biogeochemists, and proteomic scientists. This research in ancient livestock genomics is carried out within the framework of the research project "ASIAPAST” (“From herds to empire: Biomolecular and zooarchaeological investigations of mobile pastoralism in the ancient Eurasian steppe”), supported by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (CoG-772957). ASIAPAST investigates the processes that underscored a unique transformation in human lifeways where for the first time, people relied almost exclusively on sheep, goats, cattle, and horses as subsistence and symbol.
The postdoc will focus on the analysis of ancient sheep and goat genomes from the Eurasian steppe in order to reconstruct livestock population histories, identify trait selection, and trace the spread of zoonotic pathogens.
Specifically, the postdoctoral position involves:
- Analysis of ancient sheep and goat genomes from various cultural contexts in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia,
- Implementation and management of genomic analyses,
- Writing of scientific articles resulting from analyses and co-authoring articles in cooperation with other team members,
- Dissemination of scientific research activities,
- Carry out integrative modelling comprising various stable isotopic, zooarchaeological and genetic data sets.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Completed a PhD in livestock genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, or systems biology,
- Experience in the analysis of ancient DNA,
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English,
- A deep interest in archaeology and the co-evolving human-animal relationship,
- Prior experience in an ancient DNA laboratory is desirable.
Kiel University aims at increasing the number of women in research and academic teaching and strongly encourages applications of accordingly qualified women. Women will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.
The CAU supports the employment of severely disabled persons. Therefore, severely disabled persons will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.
Applicants with a migration background are particularly welcomed.
We look forward to receiving your detailed application, which should include at least the following documents:
- Letter of motivation with a description of your previous research experience and qualification for the position,
- Curriculum vitae including publications,
- Contact details of two referees.
Please send the complete application (in one PDF file) by June 15, 2020 to Prof. Dr. Cheryl Makarewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org . Please refrain from submitting application photos.
For further information on ASIAPAST or this position, please visit the website (https://asiapast.org/) or contact Prof. Dr. Cheryl Makarewicz.
EURAXESS offer ID: 516580
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