Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) at the Department of Archaeogenetics, Germany

PhD in Germany, International Max Planck Research School

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) : The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is seeking a motivated and independent Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Department of Archaeogenetics. The position involves interdisciplinary research in evolutionary anthropology with a focus on computational pathogenomics and genomics analysis of ancient human remains.

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Research Area: Archaeogenetics, Computational Pathogenomics, Genomics Analysis

Location: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Eligibility/Qualification: PhD in biology, bioinformatics, computer science, or related field. Strong bioinformatics skills, experience in bacterial and/or viral genomics analysis, programming skills, and proficiency in English are required.

Job Description:
The selected Postdoctoral Researcher will be part of the Computational Pathogenomics Group, focusing on pathogen DNA detection in ancient human remains and microbial genome reconstruction. Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting computational detection of pathogen DNA
  • Perform comparative genomics analysis
  • Supervise students and research assistants
  • Collaborate within an interdisciplinary team
  • Publish research articles and present at conferences

What we offer:

  • Interdisciplinary and international research team
  • Full-time position for 2 years (with possibility of extension)
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with German public services scale
  • Budget for international conferences and collaborations
  • Support for work-life balance and family-friendly environment

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter detailing motivation and research project description
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letters of reference or contact details of two scientific references
  4. Relevant certificates and diplomas
  5. Reprints of two selected publications or writing samples

Last Date for Apply: September 30, 2023

Application Link: Online Application Form

The Max Planck Society and the Department of Archaeogenetics are committed to diversity, equal opportunities, and gender equality. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, including underrepresented groups. Inquiries should be directed to Ms. Franziska Pfab at

We look forward to receiving your completed online application.



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