Uppsala University PhD Fellowship in Human Population Genetics of African Populations 2018, Sweden

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2017

Deadline: Nov 19, 2017

PhD position in human population genetics of African Populations

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Department of Organismal Biology teaches and explores the evolution, development and function of whole organisms.

The PhD position will be financed by an ERC starting grant awarded to Dr. Carina Schlebusch and the research will be conducted within the Human Evolution sub-Program at the Department of Organismal Biology (Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University). The Schlebusch group is specifically interested in studying human history on the African continent and uses genetic data from modern day populations and ancient remains as a tool for the inference of African history. The Human Evolution sub-Program, in which the Schlebusch group is situated, has a broad interest in population genetics and human evolution. There are ample opportunities to work closely with postdocs and other PhD students that focus on related projects. The research environment is international with English being the working language.

Project description: The spread of farming practices has had a marked influence on how humans are distributed around the globe today. Inferences about the spread of farming in Africa are mostly based on linguistic and archeological studies. Genome-wide studies started to make a contribution to research on the history of African farmers but many populations remain poorly represented, making detailed inferences problematic. The present study proposes to investigate spread of farming in Sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will use genomic data (from current day populations and ancient remains) to infer to what extent the spread of farming to the various parts of the African continent, were driven by migrating people, where the people originated from, which routes were followed and the timeframe of the migrations.


A Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field is required. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with thorough education and strong interest in evolutionary genetics/genomics, population genetics and human evolution. Previous experience with large-scale genetic data analysis, bioinformatics, and programming is advantageous. Mathematical, computational and statistical training is also advantageous. Field work experience (especially in Africa) and an interest/background in African history is also advantageous. Candidates must be fluent in English.

How to apply: 

The application should include a letter of intent describing yourself and your research interests. The application should also include a CV, copy of master degree diploma and course grades, master thesis and other relevant documents.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and Life experience.

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