Postdoctoral Fellow in Paleontology or Archaeology, Sweden

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Paleontology or Archaeology, Sweden

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Paleontology or Archaeology, at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

    Deadline to Apply

    May 24, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Paleontology
    – Archaeology
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Archaeology and Classical Studies
    Stockholm University
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateNot mentioned


    Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

    Assessment criteria

    The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

    In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. A record of scientific achievement in bioinformatics and computational genomics is essential, as is previous experience in handling NGS data using scripts and analysis pipelines. Additional merits include proficiency in wet lab analyses of ancient or historical DNA samples.

    Working experience from highly degraded DNA is essential. Experience with large-scale analyses of high-throughput DNA sequencing data will be considered a merit, as well as an interest and knowledge in paleontology or archaeology. Because the position involves integrating with other research groups, personal skills such as good collaborative and analytical skills, ability to work independently and take own initiatives, well-developed sense of responsibility and service mindedness, are considered additional merits.

    Well-developed ability of oral and written communication in English are also considered as merits.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The position is mainly directed towards research, including recovering and and analyzing ancient genetic data collected with high-throughput DNA sequencing. It is also expected that the successful applicant will participate in the daily activities at the Centre for Palaeogenetics.

    How to Apply?

    • To apply, please click button “Apply Online” mentioned above
    • The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

    Documents Required

    Please include the following information with your application

    • Your contact details and personal data
    • Your highest degree
    • Your language skills
    • Contact details for 2–3 references

    and, in addition, please include the following documents

    • Cover letter
    • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
    • Research proposal (no more than 2 pages) describing:
      – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
      – why and how you wish to complete the project
      – what makes you suitable for the project in question
    • Copy of PhD diploma
    • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

    About Research project

    The Centre for Palaeogenetics is looking for a two-year postdoctoral researcher. The main goal of the project is to recover and analyze genome-wide data from specimens that are from one hundred thousand and up to far beyond one million years old. The analyses will be aimed at developing a better understanding of evolutionary processes in wild mammals, such as speciation, introgression and adaptation. The primary methods used in the project will be ancient DNA laboratory analysis of prehistoric bones and teeth, as well as advanced computational analyses of the resulting data. The research group working on this project is international and interdisciplinary. 

    About Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies

    The Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies is the largest archaeological environment in Sweden and was in 2006 and 2014 appointed leading research area at Stockholm University. It consists of seven sections: Archaeology, Stockholm Numismatic Institute, Archaeological Research Laboratory, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution and the Centre for Palaeogenetics. Both the research and the education at the Department comprise different areas and time periods.


    Professor Love Dalén
    Telephone: +46 8 5195 4281

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