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Post doc in sex chromosome population genomics 971405

A 2-year postdoc position in population genomics is available in the research group of Mikkel H. Schierup at the Bioinformatics Research Centre, Aarhus University. The position is available starting 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post doc will develop and apply approaches to study the evolutionary processes affecting sex chromosome evolution with specific focus on human population data sets and new data sets of great apes genomes. The goal is to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the very strong natural selection affecting the X chromosome and its involvement with speciation processes as well as in male fertility. Depending on your interests, focus can be on population genetics methods development, large scale analysis, or both. Data will include RNA expression data from each stage of male meiosis in multiple individuals of both humans and other great apes. Large human cohorts will be investigated in collaboration with DECODE Genetics.

Required qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated person trained in population genetics and with some prior experience with analysis of large population genomics data sets.
About Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC). BiRC ( provides a young, interdisciplinary environment, presently with 45 professors, post docs and PhD-students. There are strong links to Department of Computer Science, Mathematics/statistics and Biology as well as to the Faculty of Health. Within population genomics and evolution, BiRC hosts the integrated research groups of Kasper Munch (recombination, selection in primates, X and Y chromosome evolution), Thomas Bataillon (evolutionary theory, experimental evolution), Asger Hobolth (coalescent methods) and Mikkel H. Schierup (primate population genomics, X and Y).

Place of Work and area of Employment 
The place of work is C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.  

For further information and discussions of specific ideas please do not hesitate to contact Professor Mikkel Heide Schierup, Ph: +4527782889, email:

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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