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Two-year postdoc position in marine sedimentary ancient DNA

Two-year postdoc position in marine sedimentary ancient DNA

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our interdisciplinary research group dedicated to the study of past climate and ecosystem changes in the marine Arctic. You will join an international and dynamic research group within the Department of Glaciology and Climate at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) where you will be employed in the project “Functional ecosystem changes in the marine Arctic: unravelling climate-biota interactions by hybridization capture of sedimentary ancient DNA (FunCap)”, funded by Danmarks Frie Forskningsfonds. The position will be commencing November 1st 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 2 years (24 months).

Job description

A main challenge for the natural sciences today is to predict the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, which offer vital services to society, because our understanding of how species might respond to climate change is insufficient. Within this project, the successful candidate will explore the use of hybridization capture of ancient DNA preserved in marine sediments. By developing a hybridization capture assay with focus on marine, arctic key species, the postdoc will investigate past temporal and spatial trajectories in biotic responses to climate variability off west Greenland over the Holocene-Anthropocene (the past ~11,700 years).

Your qualifications

The appointment will be made based on academic qualifications. The candidate should hold a PhD degree in Biology, Bioinformatics, or related disciplines, and have documented experience in processing and analysing high-throughput sequencing data, with focus on environmental (ancient) DNA, comparative genomics, or transcriptomics. Ideally, you are familiar with marine ecosystems, primer/probe/bait design, or have experience in compiling sequence reference databases. Motivation to perform experiments in the ancient DNA laboratories is of advantage. Good spoken and written English is a requirement and we expect the candidate to publish results in international scientific journals and to present results at international conferences.

Department of Glaciology and Climate

The Department of Glaciology and Climate study both the current and past changes of the Greenland ice sheet and the ocean surrounding it. Past changes (last 10,000 years) in the ice sheet, ocean and biological systems are studied using marine sediment cores applying a broad variety of proxy methods. The current loss of ice from Greenland is studied using a network of climate stations, satellite observations and modeling. Besides doing research, we provide advice to government agencies and the private sector and provide supervision to university students.

We offer

• A creative and interdisciplinary research environment

• A lively and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues

• Versatile work duties and good opportunities to influence them

• Development opportunities with access to courses and other further education

• Family friendly workplace with flexible hours

• An active social environment, with a staff association and art society

Salary and conditions of employment

In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the relevant eligible trade union. The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and its institutions.

The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities considers diversity to be an asset and invites anybody interested, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnicity to apply for the position.

Further information

Please contact the researcher Heike Zimmermann, e-mail: hz@geus.dk telephone: +45 9133 3784 or head of department Signe B. Andersen, email: siba@geus.dk telephone: +45 9133 3804.

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS’

homepage: http://eng.geus.dk/about/jobs/


The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV (incl. ORCID), a list of publications with a separate indication of journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science. We highly recommend that an ORCID identifier is stated in the CV, as it will be used for evaluating applicant publication records. The PhD diploma certificate or a pre-approval from the candidate’s supervisor or other material that can document qualifications at Postdoc level, as well as a short summary of the PhD, must be enclosed. If relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2).

Submitted PhD theses that have not yet been defended may be sent with the application and will be included in the assessment. The PhD thesis must be approved by the University prior to appointment.

You can send your application by clicking on the “Apply for position” (“Søg stillingen”) button. Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Wednesday 31st of May 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The appointment procedure

An expert academic assessment committee consisting of two internal senior researchers will make an individual evaluation of applicants’ academic qualifications, where candidates are deemed qualified or non-qualified in relation to the position advertised. Then an appointments committee will decide which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. The procedure is in accordance with “Circular on the appointment and assessment of academic staff at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland”, Sections 4 and 7.

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an independent and internationally oriented research institution within the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, and is part of Geocenter Denmark. GEUS also acts as consultant to public authorities and companies within nature, climate, environment, energy and mineral resources. GEUS is responsible for the scientific exploration of the geology in Denmark and Greenland including shelf areas. GEUS maps, acquires and monitors data, informs the public about geological matters and is the national geological data centre.

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Wednesday May 31st, 2023