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Postdoctoral Fellow in aDNA at Stockholm University

Expires tomorrow

At the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Closing date: 14/06/2020.

The Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University is the largest archaeological environment in Sweden and was in 2006 and 2014 appointed leading research area at Stockholm University. It consists of the seven sections; Archaeology, Stockholm Numismatic Institute Archaeological Research Laboratory, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Center for Palaeogenetics, and Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Both the research and the education at the Department comprise different areas and time periods.

Project description
The Center for Palaeogeneitcs is looking for a postdoctoral researcher. The position is limited to two years and included in the project “Prehistoric microbial and human interactions” co-financed by the Swedish Research Council. The main methodology used in the project is aDNA analysis of prehistoric tissue, mainly skeletons. The research group working in this project is international and interdisciplinary.

Main responsibilities
Main responsibilities are analyzing ancient genetic data collected with Next-generation Sequencing. It is also expected that the successful applicant will participate in the daily activities at the Center for Palaeogenetics, and interact with other projects.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country in a relevant area: archaeometry, molecular biology, zoology, ecology, population genetics.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

Documented experience from analysing highly degraded human DNA generated with NGS techniques is required. Documented experience with analysing such data from Africa will be considered a merit, as will an interest and knowledge in human population history. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

Because the position involves integrating with other research groups, personal skills such as, good collaborative and analytical skills, ability to work independently and take own initiatives, well-developed sense of responsibility and service mindedness, well-developed ability of oral and written communication are all considered as merits as well as experience of next generation sequencing of DNA.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years. Start date 2020-09-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Anders Götherström, telephone: +46 8 16 49 72,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references with name, email, and phone number

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!