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Oslo, Norway: Postdoc on ancient DNA and evolutionary genomics of viking age plants and animals PDF Tisk Email
available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES),
Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
University of Oslo.
Applications are invited for a two-year position as a postdoctoral
research fellow (SKO 1352) in the field of ancient DNA and evolutionary
genomics at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES;
www.cees.uio.no), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and
Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The Postdoctoral fellow will be part
of the team working on the project "Tracking Viking-assisted dispersal of
biodiversity using ancient DNA" funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Application Deadline: 17th of October 2014.
Starting date: Tentatively 01.04.2015
For full announcement, see
Project description
The primary objective of this project is to investigate how Viking trade
and agriculture have shaped the genomic composition of plants and animals,
and increase our understanding of the evolutionary heritage left in
contemporary varieties. We focus on species of profound agricultural,
cultural and industrial importance (horse, flax and barley) for which
excellent genomic tools have recently been developed. In this project
we have access to unique samples from different countries that will be
analyzed using whole genome, high-throughput sequencing approaches. The
successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary, international team
that brings together experts from the fields of biology, archaeology and
palaeontology. Furthermore, this project forms a close collaboration
between the CEES, the Natural History Museum (NHM) and the Museum of
Cultural History (KHM) at the University of Oslo.
Applicants must hold a PhD-degree (or other corresponding education
equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) with a background within
population genomics, evolutionary genomics and/or ancient DNA
research. The candidate should be able to document strong analytical
skills and experience in the laboratory. Experience with ancient DNA,
analytical or experimental, will be an advantage.
The candidate will work in close collaboration with the rest of the
team at CEES, NHM and KHM, as well as our national and international
partners (Denmark and Great Britain) within this project. Some time
will be spent visiting the collaborating partners overseas. We seek a
highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to gain insight
and publish papers in leading, international journals, and in possession
of good interpersonal skills and willing to work in close collaboration
with others.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition
of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships
will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the
upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the
conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:
The Department
The Department of Biosciences is the largest unit of biological
research in Norway, working on a broad range of theoretical and
empirical topics within ecology and evolution at all scales from
genomes to ecosystems. Information about the department can be found at:
The project will be based at the CEES (www.cees.uio.no), a center for
integrative biological research that has been awarded the status of
a National Centre of Excellence by the Research Council of Norway. The
CEES is based at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo and is
chaired by Prof Nils Chr. Stenseth. The CEES is also one of the partners
in the Norwegian High-Throughput Sequencing Centre (NSC). Furthermore,
a brand-new state-of-the-art ancient DNA facility will be opened at the
end of 2014. The CEES provides a stimulating research environment, with
many young international and Norwegian scientists working on a variety of
theoretical and empirical topics within ecology, evolution, population
genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, molecular biology, palaeogenetics,
and statistical methodology.
A good command of English is required:
The application must include: 
*       Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly
        summarizing your scientific work and interests, and a personal
        assessment focusing on how you fit the description of the
        person we seek
*       A brief (1 A4) project plan for the research to be undertaken
*       CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience,
        administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
*       Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
*       A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to
        5 academic work that applicant wishes to be considered by the
        evaluation committee
*       Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to
        candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their
University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should
be in English or a Scandinavian language.
Salary (applicable for the University of Oslo)
Pay Grade: 57-65 (NOK 482 800 -559 600 per year, depending on qualifications)
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees
aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.:
In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy,
we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of
gender or ethnicity.
If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would
like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact:
Dr Sanne Boessenkool: 
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Dr Anneleen Kool: 
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Application Deadline: 17th of October 2014.
Starting date: Tentatively 01.04.2015
Olaf K. Sund
HR Officer
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
University of Oslo
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