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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Primate Archaeology

University of Oxford

Position Description: The Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Primate Archaeology research group. The position is funded by the European Research Council, and is a full-time appointment for a fixed-term of 15 months from 1 October 2012.

The five-year Primate Archaeology project examines the evolution of non-human technology through the study of tool-use in three wild primate species (chimpanzees, bearded capuchin monkeys and long-tailed macaques). The successful candidate will design and conduct collaborative international field projects and data analyses on tools used by each of these species.

Qualifications/Experience: Applicants should have a PhD in Primatology, Animal Behaviour or Biological Anthropology, with field experience recording and analysing the behaviour and ecology of wild non-human primates.

A demonstrated track record of publications in areas relevant to this project is essential, as is a willingness to travel to West Africa, Brazil and Thailand. Archaeological experience conducting surveys and excavations is desirable but not essential.

The successful applicant will be expected to be able to work independently to produce research of an international standard, and to collaborate with team members in Oxford and abroad.

Salary/funding:£29,249 - £35,938 per annum

Term of Appointment: 15 months full-time from 1 October 2012

Application Deadline: 12.00 noon on Friday 8 June 2012
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online, see

Contact Information:
Dr Michael Haslam
Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Oxford OX1 3QY
United Kingdom

E-mail Address:


Postdoctoral position, Human and Primate Functional Genomics

To study molecular mechanisms of human evolution by functional genomic approaches with an emphasis on the comparative study of humans and closely related primate species (Enard and Pääbo, Ann. Rev. Genomics Hum. Genet. 5: 351-78, 2004).
The goal is to identify and functionally characterise the genes that contributed to recent human evolution.

We seek a candidate with a strong background in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and/or neuroscience. Previous work experience with transgenic animals is a plus.

Enquiries to Svante Pääbo (paabo at

Applicants are requested to send a cv, statement of research interests, and the names of three references.
The working environment of the institute is English-speaking, and the members constitute a highly international group.
The institute is in Leipzig, a pleasant city of 500,000 inhabitants situated two hours from Berlin and three hours from Prague. It is the policy of the institute that, for equal qualifications, preference be given to persons with disabilities.

Please send written applications to:

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Personnel Department
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig


The University of Oklahoma¢s Molecular Anthropology Laboratory is seeking evolutionary biology or anthropology applicants for a
post-doctoral position in ancient DNA and/or metagenomics. Position includes a very competitive salary and is available for two years with the possibility of renewal/extension. Strong writing and analytical skills required. Previous publication record in ancient DNA, population genetics, microbiomes, and/or metagenomics preferred. Responsibilities include generation and analysis of genetic data and publication.

Earliest start date: July 1st, 2012.

Inquiries and applications (CV and three references) directed to Dr. Cecil M. Lewis (

"Lewis, Cecil M. Jr." <>


One (possibly two) postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Anne Yoder in the Department of Biology at Duke University. Lab interests are focused on the vertebrates of Madagascar, especially the iconic lemurs.  Current projects in the lab include speciation dynamics in mouse lemurs, phylogeography and conservation genetics of Madagascar¢s terrestrial vertebrates, the metagenomics of the gut micorflora in lemurs, and study of hibernation behaviors in mouse and dwarf lemurs. The successful applicant(s) will have opportunities to collaborate on these projects and/or to develop independent and complimentary projects.

This postdoctoral search is particularly focused on adding genomic and bioinformatics expertise to our current emphasis on PCR and Sanger sequencing techniques.  With the advent of new sequencing technologies, opportunities exist for exploring genotype/phenotype connections in non-model organisms that were unthinkable, only a few years ago. As a successful candidate, you will have expertise in some or all of the following:  RNA-seq methods, short-read sequencing techniques, and/or bioinformatic approaches to large data sets.  The lab has an explicit evolutionary focus, so candidates should have familiarity with or proficiency in phylogenetic and/or population genetic methods.

The successful candidate(s) will be highly organized, mature, enthusiastic, and motivated.  And don¢t forget to bring your esprit
de corps and joie de vivre!


Current funding is for two years, with the possibility of a third year, depending upon successful performance evaluations and opportunities for additional funding.  Salary is competitive, and the position(s) will carry full Duke benefits.  Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2012. A start date of September 1, 2012 is ideal.

To Apply:

Via email, send current CV, publications, and contact information for three to four references to:

Anne D. Yoder, Professor
Departments of Biology & Ev. Anth.
Duke University, Box 90338
BioSci 130 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
ph: 919-660-7275
fax: 919-660-7293



Microbiology (medical/dental) / Ancient DNA / Archaeology

ARC Post-doctoral position available at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide

Salary: (Level A) Aus $68,751 - $73,800 / (Level B) $75,425 - $89,569 per year. (Appointment to either level will be commensurate with qualifications and experience).

We are searching for a post-doctoral researcher to lead a 3-year Australian Research Council funded project ‘A powerful new genetic view of the recent evolutionary history of humans and their diseases’ which will use DNA from calcified oral microbial plaques to trace the evolution of a variety of human diseases, and the relationship to culture, diet, migration patterns and geography.

The project will use Next Generation Sequencing approaches to explore microbial diversity over the past 10,000 years, in one of the first studies of how human commensals have evolved through time and the potential disease consequences. Primary study areas are Neolithic Europe and the Americas, and international travel is likely.

We are looking for an unusually capable and motivated individual with wide interests who enjoys challenging and unusual research, and has the ability to work closely with archaeologists and museum personnel as well as dental microbiologists and evolutionary biologists. Expertise in microbial evolution, genetics, archaeology, bioinformatics, and natural history are key requirements. Evidence of strong independent research and writing/publishing skills are also essential.

The successful applicant will have been awarded a PhD at the time of taking up the appointment, and will have a strong record of publishing papers throughout their career, preferably in high profile journals.

Enquiries of an academic nature can be directed to Professor Alan Cooper, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide, email:

Fixed-term for three years starting as soon as possible

Prof. Alan Cooper
ARC Future Fellow
Director, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
Ph: 61-8 -8303-5950/3952
Fax: 61-8-8303 4364
Mailing Address:
Darling Building
University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus
South Australia 5005


The Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University seeks to fill an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Maternal and Child Nutrition. The successful applicant will have a PhD, MD or equivalent degree and a record of accomplishment in a related science (nutritional, biological, chemical or social), public health, epidemiology or medicine, and will be committed to a career of research in Maternal and Child Nutrition. Research will be conducted under the supervision of one or more of 10 faculty mentors in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Opportunities are available for classroom-based training and professional development in teaching and proposal development. US citizenship or permanent residency is required. This position is available beginning on July 1, 2012.
Qualified individuals must apply through the Jobs at Cornell website (;job=17116) and provide 1 document that includes their curriculum vitae (with list of publications), a statement of their research interests and a list of 3 references with their contact information.

Questions in advance of application should be directed to Professor Kathleen Rasmussen

Closing date:  May 4, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified.



Post-doctoral position is now available in the newly-formed Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University in the Galilee, for scientists interested in perusing interdisciplinary research in the fields of micro- and macro-imaging of mammalian musculoskeleton.
Our group is performing an extensive research of human skeletal diseases using high-throughput data analysis for human genetics and animal models, statistical analysis of complex traits, and computational biology. Research topics of this fellowship are related to musculoskeletal system imaging of the human and animal locomotor systems. Post-doctoral fellow will need to analyze and integrate in-vivo imaging of micro-CT scans in order to explore bone-muscle interactions in norm and disease. The position requires an extensive experience in different computing/programing languages as MATLAB, C++ and database management, Oracle or SQL. S/he will also need to operate a Linux computer cluster.

Applications for candidates with PhD in the following fields are being accepted: imaging, physics, and anatomical sciences.

Post-doctoral positions are usually for 2 years, renewable.

The position is based in Safed, in the Galilee region of Israel.

For additional information please send your CV and introduction letter to Prof. David Karasik ( and to Dr. Miri Cohen-Zinder (  

"BEAN - Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic: demography, migration, and lifestyle at the advent of civilisation:an EC Marie Curie Initial Training Network

Two 2 year post doctoral positions and 8 PhD positions
(Archaeology/Palaeodemography/Genetics/Computer Modelling/Biostatistics)

The BEAN Initial Training Network aims to carry out research into the origins of settled farming life in Europe and of the European peoples while providing state-of-the art training to early-stage researchers in the scientific disciplines of anthropology, genomics, simulations and modelling, and prehistoric archaeology, as well as business and
management skills pertaining to cultural heritage, public outreach, and scientific publication.

2 Post Doctoral Projects (2 years) for Experienced Researchers (ER) in genomic bioinformatics / biostatistics and next generation sequencing laboratory protocols for studies using ancient DNA.

1. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Joachim Burger.
2. GATC Biotech AG, Germany.
Closing date: 15 June 2012
Start date January 2013

Academic requirements
Applicants for ER Fellowships (equivalent to a post-doctoral position) must either be in possession of a doctoral degree, irrespective of the time taken to acquire it, or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in a relevant area.  Their total research experience must not exceed 5 years after obtaining their Masters' degree.

Marie Curie ITN programs mobility requirement for both ER and graduate student positions At the time of the selection, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country where their Fellowship is to be held for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date of
the fellowship.  Researchers can be nationals of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organisation where they will carry out their project. However, the ESR Fellowships only cover the fee levels for EU citizens, not those for students from outside the EU.  Further information about all the Fellowships may be found at:
Applicants should send a CV (max 2 pages), a covering letter (1 page) outlining why they are suitable for the position, and the names of two referees, to the project leader listed above for the project in which they are interested, to whom further enquiries may also be made."

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best wishes

Lisa Daniel
Graduate Programmes Administrator
Institute of Archaeology, UCL
31 - 34 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PY

Switchboard +44 (0) 207 679 7495
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Queen Mary University of London will support Evolutionary Biology posdocs wishing to write fellowship to work in the School of Biological and Chemical sciences.

We have experience of helping postdocs to draft successful applications for Marie Curie fellowships.  There are opportunities for postdocs moving to London from outside Europe, or from another country in Europe.

Details of the schemes are here:

SBCS can provide opportunities in evolutionary approaches in
        Biological and experimental psychology:
        Ecology and behavioural biology:
        Evolutionary and organismal biology:

(Details and contacts here

We are also happy to consider other topics proposed by applicants.


Postdoc position in computational biology

We are currently seeking highly qiualified and motivated post-doctoral researchers with experience in computational biology, The institute has access to a wide variety of biological material from extant and extinct primates. Current projects cover a wide range of genomic analysis designed to detect and describe human uniqueness. These projects include genome sequencing of the Neandertal and bonobo and comparative expression studies in great apes.

Competitive applicants will have relevant quantitative biology experience and technical knowledge including programming experience. Demonstrated scientific creativity and familiarity with high-troughput sequencing data is a plus.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names of references to:

Svante Pääbo
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

The language of the institute is English.
For information on the department, visit or contact Svante Pääbo:

Phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 119

ORISE Research Participation Program for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Lab (JPAC-CIL) Deploying Anthropologist Fellowships

 The program provides opportunities to participate in ongoing osteological, bioarchaeological, and forensic anthropological research at JPAC/CIL.  Under the guidance of mentors, participants will have the opportunity to travel to locations of former U.S. military involvement, conduct archaeological excavations to recover human remains, and attempt to identify the remains in a laboratory environment.

Both post-doctoral and post-master's appointments are available.  Program participants must have previous experience supervising archaeological fieldwork and conducting osteological analysis.  They should have received the Ph.D., M.A., or M.S. degree in physical anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology (with experience in human osteology), or a related field within five years of the desired starting date for post-doctoral candidates, or within three years of the desired starting date for post-master’s candidates.

The rigors of JPAC fieldwork require that participants be physically able to withstand harsh field environments for extended periods of time.  Otherwise, the program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens; without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

Participants will be selected based on relevant supervisory archaeological fieldwork, osteological lab experience, academic records, recommendations, applied research interests, compatibility of background and interests with the JPAC mission, and availability of funds.  Appointments are for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years (post-master's) or four additional years (post-doctoral only) upon recommendation of JPAC and subject to availability of funds.  The appointments are full time at the host installation in Hawaii.

Stipends will be approximately $72,000 per year for a post-doctoral appointment and approximately $60,000 per year for a post-master's appointment.  Some inbound travel and moving expenses will be reimbursed according to established policies.  Travel and other costs may also be reimbursed for research or training related to the program if approved by JPAC.

Proof of medical insurance is required.  Health plans for participants are available through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  This program for JPAC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).  Applications are accepted and processed on a continuing basis.  For additional information or technical assistance with the online application process, contact:

 Lara Giordano

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

4692 Millennium Dr., Suite 100, Belcamp MD  21017

Phone: (410) 306-9200 ext. 104    Email:

 For questions regarding program requirements, contact Dr. Joan Baker ( or 808-448-1734).

 Information can also be found on the ORISE website

and the JPAC website