PhD in Population Genomics

University of Copenhagen


PhD in Population Genomics

The Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre seeks a PhD student in population genetics for its continuing project on the evolution of human pathogens using ancient DNA. 


The PhD student’s duties will include research within population genomics as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.  


The Ideal candidate for this position has a strong biological background founded in genetics. The candidate should have experience in the detection of admixture events, crucial to understanding the genetic patterns observed in natural populations. Furthermore, experience in using likelihood-free approaches such as approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) in order to infer relevant parameters associated with specific population genomic events as well as distinguishing between multiple demographic models would be advantageous. In addition, it would be optimal if the candidate has previous experience working with genomic data from ancient and modern humans along with experience in generating data from ancient samples.  


The PhD project will investigate the possibility of obtaining admixture time and proportion using stratified D, which will be further explored through the use of additional statistics and improvements to the existing ABC framework. The approach will be applied to a number of real-world cases where we believe admixture has occurred but has not yet detected. In particular, repeated archaic admixture in modern humans is of interest.  


Further information on the Department of Biology is available at 

Inquiries about the position can be made to Assoc. Prof. Martin Sikora or Prof. Eske Willerslev. 


The position is open from 01 May, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.  


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


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 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 


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


Please include  

  • Curriculum vita 

  • Diplomas (Master degree or equivalent)  

  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans 

  • Complete publication list 

  • Separate reprints of particularly relevant papers 

The deadline for applications is 21 March, 2019, 23:59 GMT +1. 


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.  

You can read about the recruitment process at 


Interviews will be held on 26 March, 2019.  

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