Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Archaeogenetics | Bronze Age Greece

Einsatzort: Leipzig


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Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Archaeogenetics | Bronze Age Greece

Stellenangebot vom 22.12.2021

The Department of Archaeogenetics seeks a motivated, innovative and independent postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) who enjoys working in a highly international and interdisciplinary research environment.

Who we are

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is one of the leading institutions investigating fundamental questions in the evolution of humankind. We unite scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) who work together from an interdisciplinary perspective to gain insights into the history, diversity and capacities of the human species.

At the Department of Archaeogenetics, we utilize novel scientific approaches such as high throughput sequencing of ancient DNA from human populations and their pathogens to explore research questions related to human history, gene-culture coevolution, microbiome evolution, and adaptation to infectious disease. Our aim is to obtain detailed information about genetic relationships, geographical origin, selective processes or genetic structure of historic and prehistoric human, plant, animal or even pathogen populations over time using only miniscule samples.

Project description

The researcher will work within the multidisciplinary ERC-funded project “MySocialBeIng”, which aims to study a large sample set of individuals excavated from Bronze Age Greece. Archaeogenetic methods to assess ancestry and biological relatedness will be combined with a range of archaeological methods such as isotopic analyses to elucidate the nature of social bonds and belonging that inform patterns of collective burial and to determine the roles of biological relationships and/or factors such as mobility, status, gender and age in the practice. Beyond this project, the successful applicant will also be responsible for contributing to other ongoing research projects as well as developing and leading research projects in line with the broad aims of the department.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative applicant with a strong interest in multidisciplinary research. The successful candidate will hold a PhD degree (or be nearing completion) in biology, bioinformatics, or a related field. The applicant should be proficient in the computational analysis of high-throughput DNA sequencing data with a documented research profile reflected in publications in international journals.

Frequent publication of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations of papers at national and international conferences is required. The applicant is expected to take on the responsibility of supervising students and research assistants.

Proficiency in written and spoken English are essential, enabling the candidate to present and discuss research results in a multidisciplinary and international team. Knowledge of German is not required, although we encourage and support learning German.

We also expect a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork.

About the position

We offer research in an interdisciplinary and international team located at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany. The full-time position is available as soon as possible for an initial period of 2 years with the possibility of extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the pay scale of public services in Germany (TVöD-Bund, E 13), including the corresponding social benefits. Generous budget is offered to attend international conferences, visits or invite collaborators. The Max Planck Society offers flexible working hours, and active support of healthy work-life balance and a family-friendly working environment.

Further information

Please direct any inquiries to Ms Franziska Pfab through .


Interested candidates should submit their application materials including the following documents:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation to join our lab and a short description of your current research project(s)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • letters of reference or contacts of two scientific references
  • relevant certificates and diplomas
  • reprints of two selected publications or writing samples

Applications will be considered until January 20, 2022.

We look forward to receiving your completed online application.

The Max Planck Society and the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology are very committed to equal opportunities, diversity as well as gender equality. We actively support the compatibility of work and family and have set ourselves the goal of employing more severely disabled people as well as groups that are underrepresented in science and especially in the given field of activity. Therefore, we explicitly encourage them to apply and welcome applications from all backgrounds.