The Institute of Genomics at University of Tartu has an opening for a Research Fellow of Ancient DNA.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Research, development and creative activities, at least 70% of working time
  • Participation in RDC activities in frame of the project under the supervision of a professor, associate professor or senior research fellow.
  • Internationally recognised research in five years at least in the volume equivalent to that of 1.5 doctoral thesis.
  • Development of skills necessary for RDC activities, and professional development.
  • Generate 400 aDNA libraries from ancient skeletal material.
  • Perform human population genetic analyses on 400 genomes from this project as well as comparative published aDNA data.
  • Write at least one publication on the results of the population genetic analyses and contribute to group publications.
  • Teaching and activities related to the administration and development of teaching, up to 20% of working time
  • Teaching, using modern teaching methods and educational technology, primarily supervising students of the first and second level of higher education.
  • Professional development to enhance teaching and supervising skills.
  • Participation in the governance and institutional development of the university and social and public activities, up to 10% of working time
  • Participation in the work of the university’s decision-making bodies is recommended.
  • Popularisation of the specialisation.


  • Applicant must hold PhD in Archaeogenetics, Bioarchaeology, or Biological Anthropology or an equivalent qualification.
  • Ability to participate in organising RDC activities in the specialisation.
  • Internationally recognised professional research, the volume of which so far is equivalent to that of at least one doctoral thesis.
  • Experience of working in a clean room and of ancient DNA wet lab protocols including sampling, drilling, extracting, purifying DNA, building NGS libraries and target capture.
  • Experience of ancient DNA bioinformatic analysis and of current software used.
  • Have extensive experience collecting, organising, sampling, extracting DNA and building NGS aDNA libraries from teeth and bones; extensive NGS data bioinformatic skills and be able to perform population genetic analyses through a command line interface.
  • Applicant must be able to work independently and contribute positively to the project group as well as the wider aDNA group and be able to generate and carry out the analyses needed to answer high-impact research questions.

How to apply:

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—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Tartu
Country Estonia
Fellowship Level Postdoctoral
Subject areas Archaeogenetics, Bioarchaeology, Biological Anthropology
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 01.07.2020

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