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Academic employee (AC-TAP) in Ancient DNA at Globe Institute


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We are looking for a dedicated and technically skilled academic employee for development of advanced investigation of ancient DNA in environmental samples.

The Section for GeoGenetics at the Globe institute offers a busy and stimulating working environment, with a high degree of flexibility and a strong tradition for collaboration. Headed by Prof. Eske Willerslev, the GeoGenetics Center has been world-leading in ancient- and environmental genomics and for over a decade.

Your job Analysis of DNA from environmental samples has enormous potential for studies in paleo-ecology, climate change, conservation biology etc. However, although metagenomic analyses of eDNA samples is extremely powerful, analysis of rare ancient species (ancient DNA fragments) is technically and computationally challenging. The position is opened to explore various wet lab methods that can alleviate these technical challenges generating meta genomic data for selected species or taxa.

Profile We are looking for an enthusiastic academic employee with the following competencies and experience:

  • Relevant academic degree (PhD) within bioscience, or engineering, specialized in wet lab molecular biology, biochemistry, or another relevant topic.
  • Extensive experience with general molecular biology and wet lab procedures, preferably sedimentary eDNA.
  • Extensive experience with high-throughput sequencing.
  • Self-motivated and genuinely interested in methods development.
  • An independent, rational, and pragmatic mindset promoting collaboration and solutions.
  • Knowledge within bioinformatics workflows, linux and NGS data analysis.
  • Highly organized personality with strong attention to detail with demonstrated skills in troubleshooting.
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English (and optionally Danish).
  • Place of employment The place of employment is at the University of Copenhagen, Globe Institute, GeoGenetics in Central Copenhagen (Øster Voldgade 5-7, København K). We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. The Globe lab facilities include molecular biology laboratories and dedicated clean lab facilities for aDNA as well as the core facility for high-throughput DNA sequencing (https: //

    About Globe Institute The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute's main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at: https: // www.

    The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. See website for more information. All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of our Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year.

    Terms of employment The position is a full-time and permanent position as an Academic employee FU. The starting date is 1 November 2023. The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

    Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

    Questions For further information regarding the position, please contact : Lasse Vinner [email protected], Tel +45 3532.1330.

    Application Your application should in English include:

  • Letter of application addressing the requirements (max. one page).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education
  • Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

    Application deadline: 28 September 2023, 23.59 CET. We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    Interviews are expected to be held immediately after the deadline.

    The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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    Academic employee (AC-TAP) in Ancient DNA at Globe Institute


    Copenhagen University




    September 15, 2023

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    September 28, 2023

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