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BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center

Computational postdoc in ”Sex chromosomes, genetic conflicts and speciation in primates”

Deadline 1 Mar 23:59 CET

Expected start 15 May

  • BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center Universitetsbyen 81 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 15 May 2023 - 14 May 2025 ID: 10953

Are you interested in identifying mechanisms behind the large effect of sex chromosomes on speciation in primates, then there is an opening for a 2-year postdoc in the research group of Mikkel Heide Schierup, Bioinformatics Research Centre at Aarhus University (Denmark). An ERC advanced grant funds the postdoc position.
You have a PhD and proven research experience in PhD in either bioinformatics, molecular genetics, population genetics, statistics, or similar qualifications, population and/or statistical genomics. You will join a multi-disciplinary group, where you will contribute both new analytical frameworks and data analysis of both publicly available and in-house generated data. The data will consist of genome-wide sequencing data from many individuals from each of >200 primate species. This includes whole genome resequencing data from species that have regularly hybridized, e.g. different species of baboons, macaques and gibbons.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2–year position with the earliest start date of May 15, 2023 or as soon possible after that. 

Job description

It is flexible whether you will focus on methods development, data analysis, or both. We value independence and offer substantial latitude for you to define your own research project within the broader scope of the project.

Possibilities include, but are not restricted to
  • Contrasting X chromosome and autosomal evolution across primates, including differences in adaptive evolution and diversity and relate to breeding system
  • Developing new approaches that identify barriers to introgression in hybridising species with a specific focus on X chromosome
  • Analyse single cell transcriptomics data from testes of several primate species and develop approaches to combine this transcriptional layer with the population genetics analysis
The research group of Mikkel Heide Schierup currently include six PhD students and two post docs that all address evolutionary questions on mutation rate evolution, natural selection, and the evolution of the transcriptome using population genomics and transcriptomics data with a primary focus on primates

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in either bioinformatics, molecular genetics, population genetics, statistics, or similar qualifications. The following skills will be an advantage
  • Proven experience in handling and analysing large genomic datasets
  • Proficient knowledge of coding in R/Python and high performance cluster environments.
  • Interest in evolutionary genetics.
  • High communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills

The department

At the Bioinformatics Research Centre we focus on developing computational methods for collecting, handling and analyzing genomic data. Research ranges from formulating models and theories about genome evolution, to constructing algorithms and developing computer programs to implement new analytical methods.
We have has a strong emphasis on molecular and genome evolution, molecular population genetics, firmly grounded in statistical and algorithmic approaches to bioinformatics. Our research spans from addressing purely theoretical questions, to program development, applications to large empirical datasets.

See  https://birc.au.dk/

What we offer

The Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC) offers:
  • State of the art genomic data and computing facilities,
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, and international collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Bioinformatics Research Center
Universitetsbyen 81, 3.
Building 1872
DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Contact information

Mikkel Schierup (mheide@birc.au.dk, +4527782889)

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Mikkel Heide Schierup

Mikkel Heide Schierup Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC) +4527782889 mheide@birc.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593522295 nat-tech.HR.team1@au.dk


Deadline: Wednesday 1 Mar 2023 at 23:59 CET