Post-doctoral position on on comparative genomics analysis...

The Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
February 09 2017
Position Type

Post-doctoral position on "The interface between ecology, evolution and development based on large scale genomics", Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

A 3-year post doc position on comparative genomics analysis is offered at The Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The position starts 1 September 2017 and will be associated with the 3-year research project "The interface between ecology, evolution and development based on large-scale genomics" from the Carlsberg Foundation.

An important goal of eco-evo-devo is to address the genetic basis underlying life-history responses of organisms to their natural environment. The Bird genome 10K (B10K) and Global Ant Genome Alliance (GAGA) projects, which focus on birds and ants, representing two of the most successful animal lineages worldwide that occupy all the major ecological niches, provide an unprecedented opportunity to address this fundamental question. We have now completed the genome sequencing for over 300 bird species covering all families in the avian class. The GAGA consortium has been initiated last year and will generate the genomes for at least 300 ant species covering all ant genera in coming three years. By integrating these large-scale genomic data and other available ecological data and life-history traits information, this project aims to reveal the fundamental ways in which environmental factors have shaped the animal genome evolution and to understand the role of symbiogenesis as a force in animal evolution.

The postdoc will independently carry out comparative genomics studies for the B10K and GAGA projects, coordinate the analyses with collaborators and writing reports and scientific publications, as well as supervision of postgraduate students. The work will include the large-scale comparative genomics analyses with hundreds of genomes similar with the avian phylogenomic project papers we published in Science in 2014. It will entail a combination of cutting-edge genomic approaches and ecology and macroevolution knowledge. It will require high skill of project management including preparation reports and organization of project meetings.

The successful candidate will become an integrated part of the research group of Guojie Zhang. The group works on comparative genomics and functional genomics on a broad spectrum of animal species. The project will be carried out at the Centre for Social Evolution, Section for Ecology and Evolution located in Copenhagen.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree within genomics, bioinformatics, computer science, molecular evolution or related fields. The position is open to both Danish and international applicants. Hands-on experience with large-scale genomics data analyses and working knowledge of programming languages and statistical software packages is essential and will be required. So is fluent spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant; i.e. a good publication record will be a strong asset.

Procedures and shortlisting
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. The final selection of the successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee.

Salary and terms of employment
Terms of employment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). For post docs the salary is based on seniority and is currently between DKK 32.350 and DKK 34.060 plus pension contribution a month and the possibility to negotiate further supplement.

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

Further information
For further information on the project contact Assistant Prof. Guojie Zhang (Email:  Phone.: +45 91855431). See also for information about the Centre for Social Evolution and its ongoing research.

How to apply
Applications must be in English, submitted electronically and include:

  • A cover letter describing motivation, project-related research experience and personal qualities
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete list of publications
  • PDF files of the two most important publications
  • Copy of the PhD diploma or documentation for planned PhD defense
  • Names and contact details for two referees

Please forward your application via the job portal of The University of Copenhagen at Job Portal. Press "APPLY NOW" to fill in the application form. The deadline for the application is 15 March 2017 at 11:59 PM CET.




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