Postdoc in Computational Phylogenetics at Globe Institute

Updated: 10 days ago
Deadline: 20 Jun 2022

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc for a two-year position starting 1 October 2022, or some time thereafter, to develop statistical and computational methods for phylogenetic analyses of phenotypic and genomic data as part of a new Center for Computational Evolutionary Morphometry (CCEM).

Information on the department can be found at: , and information about CCEM at:  

Our research
The CCEM is an interdisciplinary center focused on developing methods for phylogenetic analyses of morphological shape. By combining full shape analysis, stochastic and statistical shape modelling, and phylogenetic inference, we aim to identify evolutionary trends across the Tree of Life, revealing new patterns of biodiversity and modes of evolution.  We strive to build and inclusive and supportive interdisciplinary research environment that fosters a spirit of creativity and innovation.

Your job
Your job will be to collaborate with biologists and computer scientists on developing new computational methods for optimization and/or integration over phylogenetic space and to develop joint models of morphological and genetic evolution on phylogenies.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in computer sciences, statistics, computational biology, or a related field.
  • You are highly experienced in implementing new computational methods in phylogenetics.
  • You are capable of engaging dynamically in interdisciplinary collaborations with computer scientists, mathematicians, and biologists.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with stochastic methods for integration over discrete probability space.
  • Graduate level knowledge of stochastic process theory and diffusion processes.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the GLOBE Institute at the University of Copenhagen with a physical location at the CCEM, but we offer flexibility on remote work. We expect the successful candidate to also spend time at University of California at Berkeley as part of an international collaboration.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of two years. The starting date is 1 October 2022 or shortly thereafter.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,600 DKK/approx. 4,780 EUR (April 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact Rasmus Nielsen,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications.

  • Deadline for applications: 20 June 2022, 23.59pm CET
    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process
    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

    You can read about the recruitment process at

    The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    Interviews are expected to be held in mid-July.

    The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

    Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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