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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Research Platform Mineralogical Preservation of the Human Biome from the Depth of Time
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Research Platform Mineralogical Preservation of the Human Biome from the Depth of Time
Reference number: 10693
The University of Vienna research platform MINERVA (Mineralogical Preservation of the Human Biome from the Depth of Time) including the research groups Evolutionary Anthropology, Environmental Geochemistry and Computational Systems Biology invites applications for a PhD position
in ancient DNA genomics. The sorption or co-precipitation of ancient DNA (aDNA) with mineral phases and the protection of aDNA in these assemblages potentially provides an archive of human evolution of unprecedented fidelity. Paleo-metagenomic approaches promise to shed light on not only human evolution but also the co-evolution of the human-associated microbiome including pathogens. In this interdisciplinary project, the successful candidate will investigate the geochemical mechanisms by which minerals capture and preserve aDNA, they will develop methods by which aDNA can be retrieved from such mineral assemblages, and they will use these methods to analyse aDNA from mineral assemblages recovered from archaeological sites to study human evolution and the co-evolution of the human biome.
The planned work of the successful candidate will involve extraction of DNA from sediments, various minerals, bones, and fossils. It will entail a wide range of wet lab experimentation, and close collaboration with biogeochemistry. The work will suit a student with an interest in ancient DNA genomics and human evolution and who is eager to engage with the technology and, importantly, the bioinformatics of next generation sequencing.
We offer an international, collaborative environment for research in ancient DNA geochemistry and genomics, with a highly competitive team and first-rate infrastructure. With 15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.400 members of staff and more than 90.000 students the University of Vienna offers various tools for career development including networks, conferences and participation in teaching. The candidate will have the opportunity to present his*her results in international journals and conferences.
We seek highly motivated individuals who aim to push boundaries in the field of Human Biome evolution. Applicants for the PhD student position should have a masters degree in a relevant field (e.g. molecular biology/genomics or physical anthropology and archaeological sciences) and a creative, inquiring and enthusiastic personality. They must have the ability to work independently and in a team. Good English language skills are essential, German language skills are not required. Experiences in ancient DNA genomics/human evolution are desirable. The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women in research positions, and therefore specifically encourages applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration.
For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Stephan Kraemer, (email@example.com; http://edge.univie.ac.at/people/stephan-m-kraemer), or Prof. Ron Pinhasi (firstname.lastname@example.org; http://homepage.univie.ac.at/ron.pinhasi) or Prof. Thomas Rattei (email@example.com; http://cube.univie.ac.at/people/thomas-rattei). Applications including a statement of research interests, a detailed Curriculum Vitae, and the names of two referees should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or shall be uploaded at the Jobcenter. Applications are welcome until the position is filled. The starting date of the position can be negotiated.
Good English language skills are essential, German language skills are not required.
Main research field
Special research fields
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 31.05.2020, mentioning reference number 10693.
For further information please contact Pinhasi, Ron +43-1-4277-54721, Rattei, Thomas +43-1-4277-91280.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.