Postdoc position in Evolutionary genomics, Comparative genomics

    Postdoc position in Evolutionary genomics, Comparative genomics

    Postdoc position on studying incomplete lineage sorting and morphological evolution in primates in Department of Biology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 31, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Evolutionary genomics
    – Comparative genomics
    SalaryDKK 437.435 / Year
    WorkplaceDepartment of Biology
    Faculty of Science
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period3 Years


    The ideal applicant holds a master degree on evolutionary genomics, comparative genomics or close research field


    • Hands-on experience with comparative genomics
    • Hands-on experience with programing and statistics
    • Knowledge with primate anatomy will be highly preferred
    • Creativity and ability to be both team-oriented and independent
    • A proven record of excellent writing skill

    About Research project

    Incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) is an evolutionary event frequently occur during rapid speciation where the ancestral polymorphisms randomly fixed in the derived lineages. ILS has profound impacts on the speciation process and often produced challenge for phylogenetic inference. It is one of the major causes for the incongruence between the gene tree and species tree. It has been reported that ILS occurred in many taxa that experience rapid radiation, including birds, marsupials, and great apes. It has been shown before that at least 15% of human genomic sequences are more closely related to gorilla than chimpanzee, suggesting the ILS might have profound impact on human evolution. In this study, we will explore the functional impacts of the ILS to the human morphology evolution by looking at the gene expression data and the skeleton data in great apes.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The candidate of this position will perform the bioinformatic analyses to detect the ILS signal in great apes and infer the functional implication by integrating the functional genomic data have been released in public domains. The candidate will also perform the bioinformatic analyses on the skeleton and anatomic data in great apes and infer the potential impacts of the ILS on the morphology.

    We can offer you a highly ambitious yet friendly working environment where the cross-disciplinary research is conducted. The CBG often establishs collaboration with the top labs in the relevant fields to strenghthen the reserch program. Therefore, the candidate will be exposed to international collaboration and should have the ability to coordinate the collaboration project.

    The postdoc’s main duties will be on research but will also involve in teaching on relevant courses. The post may also include performance of other duties.

    How to Apply?

    The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW above

    Documents Required

    • Curriculum vita
    • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
    • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
    • Complete publication list
    • Contacts of three refeers

    About the Department

    The research group is led by Prof. Guojie Zhang with the research focus on biodiversity genomics. The research group has developed many large-scale genomics study to understand the evolutionary process and mechanisms for speciation and adaptation for broad spectrum of animal taxa. The group has good international environment and consists of researchers covering a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, genomics, evolution, developmental biologist, and ecology. More detail about the research group can be found from


    • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
    • The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.435 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.801). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


    Further information on the Department is linked at

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    Postdoc position on studying incomplete lineage sorting and morphological evolution in primates

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday June 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)