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10 PhD positions in Archaeogenetics

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The Archaeogenetics department at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, is offering up to 10 PhD positions beginning October 2015. The overarching research topic at the institute is the use of novel scientific approaches from high throughput sequencing of ancient DNA from human populations and their pathogens to explore research questions related to human history, gene-culture coevolution, and adaptation to infectious disease. The main foci are the relationship between humans and pathogens through time, population migrations and dynamics on a historical time-scale, and microbial evolution.
 The institute hosts a multi-disciplinary research team and is looking for students from a variety of backgrounds including, but not restricted to, molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, anthropology and archaeology. Students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a proven record of success in their discipline and a genuine interest in examining questions related to human history are encouraged to apply.
 
 
Deadline for applications is the 31st of May 2015.

The Max Planck Institute is not a faculty, but is affiliated to, among others, the Eberhard-Karls University of Tuebingen and the Friedrich Schiller University, in Jena Germany. Doctoral degrees will be granted by one of the affiliated universities.
 
Students will also have the option of joining the EVEREST research school program at the University in Tuebingen, or a research school at our Institute that is scheduled for 2016. Doctoral candidates enrol in a 3-year fully-funded and structured program that provides excellent research conditions. Graduate courses and all other degree requirements require proficiency in English only.

Projects offered in 2015
 
Please find below a list of topics we offer for this year's recruitment. All projects are highly integrative and require collaboration between different research groups. Applicants should choose up to three topics of interest. If you are invited to Jena for a recruitment event/interview it is possible to change your preferences after talking to the supervisors. 
 
Topic 1:  Historical Human Population Genetics
Main supervisor: Dr. Stephan Schiffels, Dr. Wolfgang Haak MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Johannes Krause, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 2:  Pleistocene Human Population Genetics
Main supervisor: Prof. Johannes Krause, Dr. Wolfgang Haak, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Dr. Stephan Schiffels, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 3:  Holocene & Pre-historical Human Population Genetics
Main supervisor: Dr. Wolfgang Haak, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Johannes Krause, Dr. Stephan Schiffels, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 4:  Computational Pathogenomics and Bacterial Genome Evolution
Main supervisor: Dr. Alexander Herbig, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Johannes Krause, Dr. Kirsten Bos, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 5:  Molecular Palaeopathology and Ancient Pathogen Genomics
Main supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Bos, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Johannes Krause, Dr. Alexander Herbig, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 6:  Evolution of the Oral Microbiome
Main supervisor: Prof. Johannes Krause, Dr. Alexander Herbig, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Dr. Kirsten Bos, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 7: Human Demography and Gene-culture Coevolution
Main supervisor: Dr. Adam Powell, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Johannes Krause, MPI-SHH
 
Topic 8:  Advancement & Optimization of Ancient DNA Protocols
Main supervisor: Dr. Wolfgang Haak, Dr. Kirsten Bos, MPI-SHH
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Johannes Krause, MPI-SHH

Bos, K.I., K.M. Harkins, A. Herbig, …. J. Krause, Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis. Nature, 2014 514:494-497.
Lazaridis, I., N. …… J. Krause, Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans. Nature, 2014. 513: 409.
Mendum, T.A., ……, J. Krause, and G.R. Stewart, Mycobacterium leprae genomes from a British medieval leprosy hospital: towards understanding an ancient epidemic. BMC Genomics, 2014. 15.
Skoglund, P., ……, J. Krause, and M. Jakobsson, Separating endogenous ancient DNA from modern day contamination in a Siberian Neandertal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2014. 111: p. 2229-2234.
Zink, A., L.S. Wann, R.C. …… J. Krause, Genomic Correlates of Atherosclerosis in Ancient Humans. Global Heart, 2014. 9: 203-209.
Bos, K.I., G. Jager, V.J. Schuenemann, A.J. Vagene, M.A. Spyrou, A. Herbig, K. Nieselt, and J. Krause, Parallel detection of ancient pathogens via array-based DNA capture. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London B Biol Sci, 2015. 370 (1660).
Haak, W., ….. J. Krause, D. Brown, D. Anthony, A. Cooper, K.W. Alt, and D. Reich, Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe. Nature, 2015.  518, 284–285.
Singh, P., A. Benjak, V.J. Schuenemann, A. Herbig, C. Avanzi, P. Busso, K. Nieselt, J. Krause, L. Vera-Cabrera, and S.T. Cole, Insight into the evolution and origin of leprosy bacilli from the genome sequence of Mycobacterium lepromatosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015. 112: E1587-E1593.
 

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How to apply:
Please apply online at https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mjws/ag_phd_2015.nsf/registration
 
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For detailed information on the application procedure please visit our website: http://www.shh.mpg.de/phd_archeogenetics
 

Job profile


Working hours
Part-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Thüringen)
Working place
07745 Jena
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Physics