Associate Professor of Population Genomics

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 12 Feb 2017

Associate Professor of Population Genomics
The Natural History Museum of Denmark
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Natural History Museum of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year Associate Professor position in the Science of population genomics, starting 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Subject Area

The candidate is expected to lead original scientific research addressing fundamental questions in population genomics, with a particular focus on investigating human evolutionary history using ancient genomics. The ideal candidate will have extensive expertise in the computational analysis of large-scale population genomic datasets, ideally with prior experience in the inference of demographic and selective processes using both modern and ancient human genomes. A strong record of peer-reviewed publications in human genetics and other relevant fields is expected.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Specific qualifications

Extensive expertise in the computational analysis of large-scale human population genomic datasets with particular emphasis on low coverage genomic datasets incl. inference of patterns of admixture (d-statistics, f3 statistics)

Proficiency in programming and statistical analysis (in particular R)

Experience in analyses of demographic history and inference of natural selection in human genomic data.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfil other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Centre for GeoGenetics is a Centre of Excellence financed by the National Research Foundation. We are located at the Geological Museum, and there are currently more than 100 researchers working at the Centre. More information about the Centre for GeoGenetics at http://geogenetics.ku.dk/

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . Inquiries about the position can be made to center director Eske Willerslev at ewillerslev@snm.ku.dk .

The position is open from 1 July 2017 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.

Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 449,720 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 76,902).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2017, 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 22 May 2017.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0468.


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