2 Microbiology Postdoc Positions, Biology, Genomics Job in Denmark

    2 Microbiology Postdoc Positions, Biology, Genomics Job in Denmark

    2 Microbiology Postdoc Positions in museum genomics and environmental DNA for studying insect genetic diversity in time and space is available at the Department of biology, Aarhus University (Genomics Job in Denmark)

    Two 3-year postdoc positions in museum genomics and environmental DNA for studying insect genetic diversity in time and space

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 15, 2021 (GMT+1)


    Postdoc Position

    No. of Position(s)


    Research area

    • Biology
    • Ecology
    • Genomics


    According to Standard Norms


    Section for Genetics

    Contract period

    3 year
    Postdoc 1:from 1st of June 2021, but the start date is flexible.
    Postdoc 2: from 1st of September 2021, but the start date is flexible. 


    Philip Francis Thomsen

    2 Microbiology Postdoc Positions, Biology, Genomics Job in Denmark
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    PhD degree or equivalent, or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline.
    Strong expertise in:

    • Analyses of population genetic data
      Particularly software tools such as: Burrows-Wheeler Aligner (BWA), vcf tools, dadi, Structure, R packages such as hierfstat, ape etc.
    • Bioinformatics and statistical analyses of next-generation sequencing data.
      Particularly: Programming languages, especially R, bash and Python; pipelines for next-generation sequencing data analyses such as DADA2, Mothur and SAM tools and experience with running (many parallel) jobs on computer clusters
    • Ecological data analyses, here under experience with R
      Particularly: R packages such as vegan, Biodiversity R and ade4 for e.g. clustering, ordination, accumulation and rarefaction analyses of read data
    • DNA laboratory work (preferably eDNA, historical samples and/or ancient DNA)
      Particularly: eDNA extraction, DNA metabarcoding, qPCR, Illumina library building and sequencing
    • Field work
      Particularly: Collection of eDNA samples and environmental variables, and traditional biodiversity surveys especially for terrestrial arthropods

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    Postdoc 1:Museum genomics

    The candidate will work with genome sequencing of current and historical museum insect specimens as population time series. Species will span taxonomic and functional groups but butterflies will be a main focus group due to the abundance of museum material as well as several examples of key indicator species declining or going extinct due to disappearance or change in their natural habitats.

    With this data, we will investigate e.g. how genetic diversity change in insect populations undergoing decline/extinction compared to populations that have remained stable, whether declining insect populations already have reduced genetic diversity, and how patterns of genetic diversity are associated with ecological specialization and landscape change.

    Postdoc 2: Environmental DNA

    The candidate will work with DNA metabarcoding of bulk insect samples and environmental DNA samples (flowers) collected from natural and cultivated sites in a large stratified sampling design across key environmental and landscape variables in Denmark. With this data, we will investigate e.g. which parameters (e.g. habitat type, temporal continuity, mutual distance, cultivation intensity) are important for explaining patterns of genetic diversity in insects and how these patterns are associated with population decline and landscape change.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click APPLY ONLINE button mentioned above

    Documents required

    • 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.

    About The centre for EcoGenetics

    The centre for EcoGenetics is an international collaboration between PIs from universities in Aarhus (DK), Helsinki (FI) and Aberdeen (UK). The centre’s research spans several topics in ecological and evolutionary research using molecular methods and statistical and process-based modelling. The overall project aim is to understand the effect of insect decline on genetic diversity. The project involves extensive specimen and environmental DNA sampling across environmental variables, land-use intensity and landscape heterogeneity (spatial) as well as from museum specimens (temporal) for population genomic analyses of insects. With this data, the project will investigate i) how interactions between abundance, species-specific traits and land-use/landscape parameters can influence population genetic diversity in current insect populations, and ii) study the historical patterns of genetic diversity in declining species. The centre will further establish relationships between genetic diversity and organismal performance, and develop a predictive modelling framework integrating genetic, ecological and environmental effects on insect population genetics.

    Other Benefits

    • Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners.
    • Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU.


    • As the required competences are similar for both positions, applicants are strongly encouraged to make a single application for both positions but specify which one is of primary interests.
    • 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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