Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Faculty of Biology, Department of Organismal Biology

Postdoctoral Researcher in Population Genetics at the Center for the Human Past
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research university with a strong international position. The mission is to conduct research and education of the highest quality and to interact with society in various ways. Our most important asset is all the individuals who with their curiosity and commitment make Uppsala University one of the most exciting workplaces in the country. Uppsala University has 54,000 students, 7,500 employees, and a turnover of nearly 8 billion SEK.

Research will be conducted within the Human Evolution Program within the Department of Organismal Biology (Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Sweden). The program has extensive interests in population genetics and human evolution, providing numerous opportunities for collaboration with postdocs and PhD students working on related projects. The research environment is international, with English as the working language. For more information on the Human Evolution Program, visit: http://www.iob.uu.se/research/human-evolution. The postdoc will also be associated with the Center for the Human Past.

Center for the Human Past
The CHP is a pioneering initiative that unites the three research areas of archaeology, genetics, and linguistics. Each discipline has accumulated significant amounts of information and developed many different research methods to analyze these. Researchers at the center will focus on bringing together these unique types of data and methods to strengthen the interdisciplinary development of the field. A central goal for the center is to train a new generation of students and doctoral candidates with skills and insights into the various theoretical models and analytical methods used across these research areas, as well as the ability to work with the databases that are under development. The aim of the center is to illuminate and understand various aspects of human development over the past 10,000 years, thereby creating a comprehensive picture of human prehistory regarding language, culture, and genetic evolution in Africa, Oceania, and Eurasia.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher in population genetics who will contribute to the center's overarching goal to illuminate and understand various aspects of human development over the past 10,000 years. The postdoctoral researcher will work with computer-based analysis methods and large databases to develop theory and method for using aggregated data from genetics, archaeology and linguistics, thereby developing innovative interdisciplinary research on human history. Based on population genetic perspectives, the proposed postdoctoral project should be able to illuminate various aspects of human history, at the interface between questions of genetic, culture and language evolution. We welcome project proposals based on research involving Africa, Oceania, and Eurasia, or based on a combination of case studies from these areas.

Qualification requirements A doctoral degree in population genetics, bioinformatics, archaeogenetics or a related area or a foreign degree assessed as equivalent to a doctoral degree. The degree must have been obtained by the time the employment decision is made. Primarily, those who have graduated no more than three years ago are eligible. In calculating the three-year period, the reference point is the last application date. If there are special reasons, such a degree may have been awarded earlier. Special reasons include leave due to illness, parental leave, trust duties within trade union organizations, etc.

Proven experience and ability to work with computer-based analysis methods and information in large databases with complex aggregated data is a requirement. The applicant should have demonstrated independence and high research quality through high-quality research publications. Very good oral and written skills in English are required. Being able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others is necessary. Great emphasis will be placed on personal characteristics, hence interviews and reference checking may be included in the selection process.

Desirable/Additional qualifications

Previous studies in population genetics and/or archaeogenetics involving Africa, Oceania, and Eurasia, or a combination of studies from these areas are desirable. Knowledge and skills in working with database curation, model testing, simulation-based studies, and spatial genetic analyses will be highly regarded. Additionally, a background in mathematics, computational methods, and statistical training will be advantageous. Demonstrated ability to contribute to the principles of open science, especially regarding the production of open and reusable research data. Experience of working in international and interdisciplinary research contexts is desirable.

About the employment The position is temporary for two years according to the central collective agreement. The extent is full-time. The position may include teaching and supervision up to 20% of full time.

Entry August 15 or according to agreement.

Location: Uppsala

Inquiries about the employment are provided by: (Carina Schlebusch, +46763063341, carina.schlebusch@ebc.uu.se)

The application should include a CV and a letter describing the applicant and their qualifications, research interests, and publication list. Copies of relevant degrees, a copy of the applicant's doctoral thesis or a draft of this. A project plan that describes a research idea of no more than 6000 characters including spaces. We would like you to provide information for at least two references.

Welcome to submit your application by June 14, 2024, UFV-PA 2024/1861.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2024/1861
  • Carina Schlebusch, 0184710000
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 24.May.2024
Last application date 14.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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