Postdoc in population genomics of humans and other primates

Aarhus University


BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center - Faculty: Science and Technology

Postdoc in population genomics of humans and other primates

13 Feb

15 Mar

Expected start
1 May

BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center
C.F.Møllers Allé 8
8000 Aarhus C

Fixed term full-time position
1 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2021


A 2-year postdoc position in population genomics is available in the research group of Mikkel H. Schierup at the Bioinformatics Research Centre, Aarhus University.

The position is available starting May 1, 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The postdoc will develop and apply approaches to study the evolutionary processes affecting sex chromosome evolution with specific focus on human population data sets and new data sets of great apes genomes. The goal is to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the very strong natural selection affecting the X chromosome and its involvement with speciation processes as well as in male fertility. Specific speciation processes among great apes including archaic humans can also be investigated. Depending on your interests, focus can be on population genetics methods development, large scale analysis, or both. Available new data will include comparative single cell RNA data from testis and sperm samples in multiple individuals of both humans and other great apes.

We are looking for a highly motivated person trained in population genetics and with some prior experience with analysis of large population genomics data sets.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in biology, bioinformatics, statistics or computer science with some experience in population genetics.

It will be an advantage, if the candidate has

  • direct experience with statistical analysis of high throughput data such as population genomics data and/or single cell expression data.
  • programming skills in R and/or Python
  • publications as main author within genomics and/or population genetics
  • excellent communication skills in English

About Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC). 
BiRC ( provides a young, interdisciplinary environment, presently with ~45 professors, postdocs and PhD-students. There are strong links to Department of Computer Science, Mathematics/statistics and Biology as well as to the Faculty of Health. Within population genomics and evolution, BiRC hosts the integrated research groups of Kasper Munch (recombination, selection in primates, X and Y chromosome evolution), Thomas Bataillon (evolutionary theory, experimental evolution), Asger Hobolth (coalescent methods) and Mikkel H. Schierup (primate population genomics, X and Y).

The place of work is C.F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information
For further information and discussions of specific ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Mikkel Heide Schierup, Phone: +4527782889, email:

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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 Finance 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 Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

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