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PhD student position in human archaeogenomics, Sweden


A PhD student position in human archaeogenetics population genomics is available at the department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University. Suggested starting date October 1, 2016.

The Department of Organism Biology teach about, and explores the evolution, development and function in whole organisms. We study the deepest branches of the tree of life with the help of bioinformatics and experimental molecular techniques. Research about how chemicals of anthropogenic origin interact with cellular functions and cause long-lasting adverse health effects in humans and wildlife is also performed. For more information see

Project description: 
The project focus on characterizing patterns of human genetic variation in prehistory in order to understand human population history, migration and demographic changes over time. The successful candidate will generate and analyze large-scale genomic data from ancient human remains from southern Europe. The project is part of a larger program that links archeology and human population genomics. The successful candidate will work in Professor Mattias Jakobsson research group, an international team of ~25 researchers (senior scientist, postdocs, graduate students and research engineers). The research at the Jakobsson lab focus on population genetics and human evolution and the lab uses a combination of mathematical studies of population genetic models and computational approaches to understand the complex patterns of large-scale human genetic variation and their implications for human demographic and evolutionary history. In particular, the research focuses on understanding human evolution using genetic information from both recent and ancient individuals, developing statistical methods for analyzing large genomic data, and searching for genes targeted by selection. Our research is financed by the Swedish Research Council, Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, The European Research Council (ERC), The Swedish National Bank’s Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences and Göran Gustavsson’s foundation. The research group is multidisciplinary with competence in computational biology, population genomics and ancient DNA. The research environment is international with English being the working language. See the Jakobsson lab web-page for more information and recent publications:

A master degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field is required. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with thorough education and strong interest in human prehistory, molecular genetics and laboratory archeology. Previous experience working with large-scale samples of human remains from prehistoric archaeological contexts of southern Europe is an advantage. Candidates must be fluent in English.

The PhD education corresponds to four years of full time studies. The position can be combined with teaching (up to 20%) that extends the position with corresponding amount of time.

More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines

The application should include 1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and motivation of why you want to do a PhD, 2) a short description of your education, especially in molecular genetics, laboratory archeology, “ancient DNA”, and other related areas, 3) a CV, 4) a copy of your master degree and course grades, 5) the names and contact information (address, e-mail address, and phone number) of at least two reference persons, 6) relevant publications (including master thesis). The application must be written in English.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 22 September 2016

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