Postdoctoral Fellowship- 4 years

We are seeking a capable candidate with a strong background in one of the following areas and with motivation to learn and extend their skills towards aDNA genomic analyses: (1) physical anthropology with expertise in bone anatomy and human evolutionary morphology to contribute significantly to the development of ancient DNA optimisation methods from skeletal and dental tissues, (2) bioinformatics with a focus on sequence analysis who can contribute significantly to the development of new computational tools, and the analyses of ancient DNA genomic data, and (3) biochemistry to focus on optimisation methods and DNA extraction from sediments.

The researcher will be part of Pinhasi’s team and the new ancient DNA laboratory complex. They should have an excellent publication record and preferably a track record of awards/scholarships/external grants.

The positions will begin September 1, 2018, for a duration of 4 years with a probation period of one year.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, should be submitted by 15th August 2018 to the University of Vienna Job Centre.

Please include:
1. Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages)
2. CV including publications (no more than 4 pages)
3. Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc and PhD)
4. Full contact details of 2-3 referees

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team which is part of an extensive international network of research in the fields of aDNA genomics, metagenomics, (paleo)epigenetics, and archaeogenetics with new laboratories and equipment. For more information see or contact Ron Pinhasi ( The team is working closely with leading ancient DNA geneticists, population geneticists, archaeologists and physical anthropologists from universities and museums across the world

Ther key tasks of the position include:
• Design and implementation of anthropological approaches to ancient DNA genomics
OR Design and implementation of computational approaches for application to palaeogenomic datasets
• Initiating and leading projects
• Writing scientific articles
• Teaching and supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students

The applicant must have ALL the following skills:
• A PhD degree in a relevant field
• An excellent academic track record
• Excellent research skills
• Good collaboration and communication skills

• A track record of publications in high impact international journals
• Grants/Scholarships/Fellowships
• Analyses and computations of genomic datasets