Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic
Bridging the European
and Anatolian Neolithic
Demography, migration, and lifestyle
at the advent of civilisation

Palaeogenomic / Biostatistic analysis of ancient DNA data from Mesolithic and Neolithic skeletal remains

The Position and Project:

We are offering a position for a postdoctoral researcher based at the Johannes Gutenberg- University Mainz as part of an FP7 Initial Training Network (ITN). The BEAN ITN is conducting research into the origins of settled farming life in Europe and the dissemination of the cultural, technological, and biological components of the Neolithic from western Anatolia and the Balkans to the rest of Europe. This two-year position will focus on the biostatistical analysis of palaeogenomic data using advanced computational methods.

Important Qualifications:

Successful applicants will have a background in bioinformatics, particularly in computational genetics and the analysis of next-generation-sequencing (NGS) data. Applicants should be familiar with modern tools for sequence alignment, assembly, and comparison, and related statistical methods.  You will also be expected to participate in network-wide workshops and training events, such as laboratory rotations and short-term internships.

Eligible applicants should have a PhD or 4 years of equivalent research experience. Total research experience, starting from the degree granting access to PhD study, may not be more than 5 years. It is required that applicants have not spent more than 12 months working or studying in Germany within the last 3 years.

Training Opportunities:

We offer the opportunity to gain proficiency in NGS sample preparation, sequencing methods, and data analysis, as well as the particular problems attending the analysis of ancient and degraded DNA. The BEAN ITN will also offer training experiences in computer simulations and modelling, NGS protocol development, and scientific publication.



Project supervisors
Project Coordinator
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Mainz, Germany
Host Institute
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz