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University of Copenhagen PhD Fellowships in Computational Palaeogenomics, Denmark

Publish Date: May 02, 2016

Deadline: Jun 01, 2016

University of Copenhagen PhD Fellowships in Computational Palaeogenomics

The Natural History Museum, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 3 year PhD scholarships as part of the ArchSci2020 European Joint Doctorate Program. The broad topic is computational palaeogenomics, and is in the group of Professor Tom Gilbert, starting ca. November 1st 2016. The ArchSci2020 network offers the first European Joint Doctorates in Archaeological Sciences, and was created in recognition that there is a need to promote international, intersectoral, and multi/inter-disciplinary collaboration in doctoral-level training. Thus at the large level, ArchSci2020 will train a new cohort of bioarchaeological scientists.

Genetic analysis of historic and ancient samples through second generation sequencing platforms is an increasingly powerful means with which to study the past. In recent years, considerable developments have been made in the laboratory with regards to the generation of genomic and proteomic data from both host organisms and their associated microbes. Associated development in computational tools for the analysis as well as synthesis of such data is lagging. We are searching for skilled bioinformaticians who wish to both contribute to the development of palaeogenomics through the development of new computational tools, as well as analyse bioarchaeological datasets.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

• Design and implementation of computational approaches for 
  application to palaeogenomic datasets
• Participate in PhD training courses
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
• Teach and disseminate your research, principally through supervision 
  of MSc and BSc students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen.

Mandatory Experience and Skills

For consideration, applicants must have the following experience:

• Experience in the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data.
• Experience in bioinformatics manipulation of genomic and/or
  metagenomic datasets.
• Formal training in bioinformatics and/or computation, including
  programming in Bash as well as Python and/or Perl
• Good communication skills in English, both oral and written. CGG is
  highly international research environment, good knowledge in English
  is required.
• A master’s degree, including written thesis.
• Relevant work experience.
• Integrity, motivation, and good collaboration skills.

Desired Attitude

• Dedication, strong motivation, curiosity, interest in learning and
  applying new skills, equally comfortable at working as part of a team
  and achieving assigned tasks autonomously, care for details,
  inclination to provide constructive feed-back, ability to keep data
  archives well organized.

Formal requirements
The positions are available for 3-year periods for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree.

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 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699).

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

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),
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3
  professional referees
• 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.

By the end of June 2016, we expect the successful applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application.

The deadline for applications is 1st June 2016. Applications received later that this date may not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

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


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor, Professor M. Thomas P. Gilbert –

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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