The Archaeogenetics department at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, is offering up to 10 PhD positions beginning as early as Fall 2018. The overarching research topic at the institute is the use of novel scientific approaches from high throughput sequencing of ancient DNA from human populations, their pathogens, and their beneficial microbes to explore research questions related to human history, migrations, gene-culture coevolution, microbiome evolution, and adaptation to infectious disease.
The institute hosts a multi-disciplinary research team and is looking for students from a variety of backgrounds including, but not restricted to, molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, anthropology and archaeology. Students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a proven record of success in their discipline and a genuine interest in examining questions related to human history are encouraged to apply.
Deadline for applications is the 15th of March 2018.
Please find below a list of topics we offer for this year's recruitment. All projects are highly integrative and require collaboration between different research groups. Applicants should choose up to three topics of interest. If you are invited to Jena for a recruitment event/interview it is possible to change your preferences after talking to the supervisors. Further information about project topics can be found here.
- Historical Human Population Genetics
- Pleistocene Human Population Genetics
- Eastern Mediterranean Population Genetics
- Population and Immunogenetics of the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Western Eurasia
- Detection and Analysis of Human Pathogens from Metagenomic data
- The Prehistory of the Pacific
- Molecular Paleopathology
- Ancient Microbiome Research
- Microbial diversity of Traditional Fermented Foods
- Proteomic Investigation of Ancient Disease
Please submit your application in English, including the following:
- Cover letter, explaining research experience and reason for interest in this project
- Copies of degree certificates (Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas or transcripts); if the candidate is enrolled in a Master’s program and the degree is anticipated but not yet granted, please explain the circumstances in the cover letter.
- Names and contact information (including email and phone) for 2-3 referees. Note these individuals will be automatically contacted to provide a reference letter.
Please apply online here.
The students will be part of the newly founded International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Human history. The Max Planck Institute is not itself part of a university, but is affiliated to the Friedrich Schiller University, in Jena Germany. Doctoral degrees will be granted by the affiliated university.
Doctoral candidates enroll in a 3-year fully-funded graduate program that provides excellent research conditions. Graduate courses and all other degree requirements necessitate proficiency in English.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Information regarding the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History can be found at www.shh.mpg.de.
For queries, please contact:
Ms. Johanna Allner