Postdoc in Computational Palaeoproteomics at Globe Institute Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year position in computational palaeoproteomics to commence on 01/01/2023 or as soon as possible afterwards. The position is part of the ERC funded project PROSPER, which aims to elucidate the genetic relationships between Middle and Late Pleistocene hominins via the analysis of ancient proteomes.

Information on the Globe Institute can be found at https://globe.ku.dk.

Our research
The Biomolecular Palaeoanthropology group within the Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution is a recently established research group at the Globe Institute. We study human evolution across the last one million years, addressing questions of relevance at the intersection of biology, palaeoanthropology, and archaeology. In particular, we have strong interests in 1) understanding the phylogenetic and population genetic relationships between past hominins within this period, 2) exploring the biomolecular content of the hominin skeleton in life history and evolutionary frameworks, and 3) exploring behavioural information contained in zooarchaeological datasets through biomolecular approaches. We develop and utilize a range of biomolecular methods, primarily the analysis of ancient proteins, and bioinformatics approaches. We strive to integrate the generated insights with additional lines of (bio)molecular evidence. Further information on the research group can be found at https://globe.ku.dk/research/evogenomics/welker-group/.

Your job
We seek an enthusiastic, creative individual with a strong background in (ancient) phylogenetics and population genomics methods, evolutionary biology, or associated disciplines. You will join our research group in the context of PROSPER, an ERC Starting Grant project aimed at developing new analytical approaches to unravel the phyloproteomic relationships between several Middle and Late Pleistocene hominin populations. As part of PROSPER, your tasks will be conducting  phylogenetic analysis of fauna and hominin proteomic datasets generated by the project, including the integration of genetic datasets of modern and ancient hominins into our analysis pipelines. The research will be conducted in an international, highly diverse research environment, involving collaborators and partners from various continents and scientific backgrounds.

Profile
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in (human) population genomics, ancient DNA, or computational proteomics on the date of employment.
  • You are highly independent in conducting phylogenetic and population genomic analysis.
  • You have an active interest in human evolution and human population history.
  • Proficient communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • Excellent English language skills.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with the writing of computational pipelines, in particular adapting existing approaches to novel research questions.
  • Experience with working on a HPC cluster.
  • You have an excellent scientific track-record, including publication(s) in high-quality, peer-reviewed international journals.

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution at the Globe Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include laboratories dedicated to the analysis of ancient and modern biomolecules, as well as access to HPC computing resources.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 01/01/2023 or as soon as possible afterwards upon mutual agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,624.36 DKK/approx. 4,784 EUR (April 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.

Questions
For further information please contact Frido Welker at frido.welker@sund.ku.dk 

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline:  30 September 2022, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant themselves.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in October 2022.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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Application deadline: 30-09-2022
Employment start: 01-01-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: GLOBE Institute

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