PhD fellow in the field of ancient and modern human genomics – University of Copenhagen

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10 September 2014

PhD fellow in the field of ancient and modern human genomics

Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in retrieval, sequencing and /or analyses of ancient and modern human genomes commencing December 1st 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

The project will concern retrieval, sequencing and/or analyses of ancient human genomes for addressing questions related to dispersal and admixture of human populations through time. Principal supervisor is Professor DSc Eske Willerslev, Director of Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in scientific meetings
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project. Applicants with a strong record in experimental genetics and/or bioinformatics are preferred.
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The position is available for a 3-year period.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically here.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • References
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is September 22nd 2014. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations.