Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Genomics

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen


The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a post doc position to work on population genomic analyses in large African mammals, commencing June 1st 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The 2-year post doc position is available with Associate Professor Rasmus Heller in the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in population genetic analyses using whole genome sequencing data from a number of African mammal species. In addition, there will be a possibility of working on other projects using population genomics in large mammal species. There will also be a possibility of teaching courses or supervising student projects at various levels.

The specific duties of the candidate will be to perform analyses of whole-genome sequencing data with the aim of investigating genetic diversity, population structure, gene flow, phylogeography, speciation and adaptation both within individual African species, but also to synthesize findings across a number of similar species. This project is part of a larger research framework aiming to improve our understanding of the evolutionary processes within the African large-mammal fauna, and to optimize its conservation.

Description of the scientific environment
The position will be in the group of Associate Professor Rasmus Heller (RH). RHs group works on using population genetic methods to infer evolutionary processes in wildlife species, including how evolutionary processes interact with geography, climate and humans. Current focal research directions include speciation genomics, the genomic landscape of population divergence and introgression, and conservation genomics. The research group consists of two PhD. students and four post docs. For more information, see The group is part of the larger Statistical and Population Genetics group (, consisting of a dynamic team of four PIs working closely together on animal and human population genetics, high throughput data analyses, statistical genetics and method development. In addition, the hosting group has a strong national and international network of collaborators.

To be considered, applicants must have a PhD in population genetics/genomics, bioinformatics or a similar quantitative field. A strong analytical profile will be prioritized for this position. In addition, the following are formal requirements to apply:

  • comprehensive experience in working with linux/unix and command lines, as well as proficiency in one or more programming languages (such as R, Python, Perl, C/C++).
  • experience in working with raw whole-genome sequencing data, including experience with data filtering and cleaning.
  • experience with state-of-the-art population genomic analyses.
  • a demonstrated ability to communicate his/her scientific work in writing and in oral presentations.
  • must have published high-quality peer-reviewed papers.

In addition to these formal requirements, the following will be considered advantageous in candidates:

  • is highly motivated, able to work independently and has good interpersonal skills.
  • is able to work efficiently in a team including several other participants.
  • has an interest in zoology, ecology, conservation or other areas of biological research, and an ability to link population genetic analyses to biological context.

Further information on the Department of Biology can be found at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Niels Kroer ( or Rasmus Heller (

The position is open from June 1st 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, and has a duration of two years with a possibility for extension.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 20th February 2023 23:59 GMT +1

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held during March.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 20-02-2023
Employment start: 01-06-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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