Post doc position in ancient human population genomics

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    Aarhus University (AU)
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    29/11/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Denmark › Aarhus C


Applications are invited for a 2-year position in the field of population genomics at the Bioinformatics Research Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2–year position starting from January 1, 2022 or as soon possible.

Job description

The post doc will undertake methods development and large scale sequence analysis for inference of ancient human population processes from the Neanderthal legacy of all non-African human populations. This is a large-scale extension of the research idea put forward in the publication Macia et al. 2021. The study will be in collaboration with archaeologists and anthropologists, and is funded by the Villum Foundation as a Villum Experiment with the following purpose (Macià, M. C., Skov, L., Peter, B. M. & Schierup, M. H. Different historical generation intervals in human populations inferred from Neanderthal fragment lengths and mutation signatures. Nat Commun 12, 5317 (2021).)

Large scale sequencing of modern and ancient human genomes has taught us about human movements across the world over the past 60,000 years, but little about how they lived. This has been the domain of archaeology and anthropology. We propose that extant and ancient genomes contain time-resolved information about the ages of reproduction of fathers and mothers. These key parameters illuminate how cultural practices evolved over time and space, e.g. whether a society was patriarchal or matriarchal, agriculturalists or hunter-gatherers, nomadic or sessile, living in harsh or accommodating conditions. The reason they can be inferred is that genetic recombination breaks the genome into independent pieces. It is a regular process that counts the number of generations passed over a time span. Specifically, I will use how the size distribution of genomic fragments from Neanderthals and Denisovans changes over time and superimpose this inference on human history. We will validate the approach on historical data when cultural practices are known and then use it to infer for which there is less information. We will perform large scale computational analyses and collaborate with archaeologists and anthropologists to draw unique conclusions about human culture.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in population genetics or similar. The applicant shall demonstrate thorough publication record
  • Experience in analysing large scale sequence data on a HPC system
  • Proficiency in python or R programming
  • Experience with international collaboration
  • Familiarity with population genetics principles and their application to evolutionary inference

Who we are

The research group of Mikkel Heide Schierup in evolutionary genomics is located at the Bioinformatics Research Centre, which hosts around 30 people (permanent, post docs and PhD students) concerned with bioinformatics methods development and application to large scale sequence data

What we offer

  • a well-developed research infrastructure
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Bioinformatics Research Centre, Faculty of Science, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: professor Mikkel Heide Schierup, PH 27782889, email mheide">mailto:mheide@birc.au.dk">mheide@birc.au.dk


Applications must be received no later than November 28, 2021.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the http://www.medarbejdere.au.dk/appointment_of_academic_staff_at_universit...Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found https://nat.au.dk/en/about-the-faculty/vacant-positions-and-career/guide...here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the https://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/www.medarbejdere.au.dk/hr/Rekrutter...Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark http://international.au.dk/research/.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it http://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international">http://www.international.au.dk/">www.international.

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