Research Fellow in Ancient Metagenomics

University of Tartu Institute of Genomics


Institute of Genomics


Duties and responsibilities
The Research Fellow will be carrying out research activity in the field of ancient DNA including the analysis of ancient metagenomic data and writing publications. 
Required qualifications
PhD in archaeogenetics, bioinformatics, bioarchaeology, biological anthropology, genetics, molecular biology, computer programming or related subjects or an equivalent qualification.
Required experience
You must have knowledge and experience of bioinformatic analysis and be proficient in Python 3 and shell scripting. Knowledge of other statistical languages such as R is helpful, though not required. You must have knowledge of and experience in dealing with large metagenomic datasets and experience with microbiome data would be ideal.
Required language skills

Starting at
01.08.2021, temporary contract to 31.01.2023
25,944 euros per year gross (negotiable dependent on experience). The position is funded for 18 months with possibility to extend. For a cost of living comparison see: Part-time and/or remote working is possible.
See also UT salary rules.

Additional info
Estonian Biocentre/Institute of Genomics, Ancient DNA Research Group.

Supervisor: Dr. Christiana Scheib 

Starting at 01.08.2021 as earliest and 01.10.2021 as latest.

Job Description:

Ancient metagenomics are an increasingly important aspect of archaeogenomics studies. As part of several large-scale projects including an ERC Advanced Grant, Making Ancestors: The Politics of Death in Prehistoric Europe, we are generating hundreds of ancient shotgun libraries from teeth, bones, dental calculus and sediment samples. We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher who can 1) build a metagenomic database and pipelines for analysis of dental calculus, bone and soil samples to infer dietary, environmental information; 2) analyse datasets generated by our ongoing projects. Research questions of interest to our group include host-pathogen dynamics (historical and deep-time), impact of human dietary and cultural changes on disease susceptibility, the relationship between the oral microbiome and human health, and the relationship between bone metagenomic characterisation and funerary rites.

About us

The ancient DNA research group at the Institute of Genomics, Estonian Biocentre is a friendly, growing group focused on producing exemplary research in the fields of ancient human population genetics, pathogen genomics and the emerging field of ancient meta-genome/proteomics. The lab is headed by Dr. Scheib (Associate Professor of Ancient DNA) and includes Dr. Tambets (Associate Professor of Population Genetics), post-docs, PhD students, Master’s students and two laboratory technicians. You can check out our lab on Research Gate and the official UT website. 

Additional information

Please contact Christiana Scheib, cls83 [ät], for information.

Why the University of Tartu?

Application documents

In order to be considered for the position, the candidate must submit to the UT Human Resources Office (email: personal [ät]; postal address: 18 Ülikooli St, Tartu 50090 ESTONIA; employees of the UT should submit their documents via intranet) following documents:

  1. a letter of application to the Rector - in the application, the candidate has to outline if they are willing to work part-time or full-time, which courses they are qualified to teach and what kind of teaching experience they have in the field;
  2. a curriculum vitae in the established format,
  3. a list of research publications (if necessary, enclosing copies or offprints of more important publications),
  4. a copy of a document (including its annexes) which shows the candidate to hold the required qualification (with authorized translation into Estonian, English or Russian if the credential is not in Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, French, Italian, Ukrainian and Belarussian languages). A candidate can be required to submit the original or a certified copy of the document (including its annexes) showing the candidate to hold the required qualification. If the candidate has acquired the higher education in question abroad, he or she may be required to submit an assessment issued by the Academic Recognition Information Centre (the Estonian ENIC/NARIC) of his or her qualification in respect of the qualification requirements for the position;
  5. other materials considered relevant by the candidate (a list of such materials must be included in the application or annexed to it).

Number of copies: 1


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