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A PhD student and a postdoc position in


are available in the newly founded research group of Benjamin Peter at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Our main research goal is to develop and apply population genetic methods that use genetic diversity patterns through space and time to learn about neutral and selective evolutionary processes in archaic and modern humans, in particular leveraging the large number of Neandertals and Denisovans being sequenced at the institute. The exact projects of the candidates will be flexible, but will be in the context of the research in the group and at the institute. We welcome candidates with a strong quantitative / data science background. Previous work in population genetics (theoretical or analytical), experience with large-scale genomic datasets, low-coverage DNA data and strong programming skills are a plus but not required.

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is a leader in ancient-DNA genomics and offers a lively, stimulating, and highly collaborative atmosphere. The Institute is very international and English speaking. It is located in Leipzig, a nice and affordable city of 500,000 habitants that is a major cultural center in central Europe (one hour away from Berlin and three from Prague).

Please send applications and informal inquiries directly to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. To apply please send a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least two references as a single PDF. Applicants for the PhD-student position require a Masters degree. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and should be received before December 31, 2017 to guarantee consideration. Please see and to learn more about the group and institute.