This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During this appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work closely with University of Chicago faculty members from the Oriental Institute and the Department of Human Genetics to do extraction and analysis of ancient DNA from Bronze Age human remains excavated at archaeological sites in the Middle East as part of a research project entitled "Genomes, Migrations, and Culture in the Early Civilizations of the Middle East." She will also assist in publishing the results of the research as a co-author and will help to organize quarterly workshops and an international conference on archaeogenetic research concerning the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. She will also teach one quarter-length course per year on ancient DNA and archaeogenetics.
Perform tasks related to the extraction and analysis of ancient DNA from remains housed in the Oriental Institute Museum and the Field Museum of Natural History; the laboratory work will be conducted primarily in the "GenSCAPE" ancient DNA laboratory of the Dept. of Human Genetics under the supervision of Prof. Maanasa Raghavan.
Perform tasks related to the computational management and statistical analysis of ancient genomic data under the supervision of Profs. John Novembre (Human Genetics) and David Schloen (Oriental Institute).
Organize quarterly workshops at the University of Chicago's Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for participants in the "Genomes, Migrations, and Culture in the Early Civilizations of the Middle East" project; and also organize a concluding international conference for this project to be held in Spring 2023.
Teach one quarter-length course per year on ancient DNA and archaeogenetics.
Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in archaeogenetics
Lab experience in extracting and analyzing ancient DNA
Expertise in some aspect of the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean and/or Middle East
Knowledge of both archaeology and human genetics and awareness of the interpretive issues raised by the study of genetic variation in ancient human populations
Knowledge of how genomic data bear upon the archaeological reconstruction of ancient population movements and cultural change
Laboratory skills relevant to ancient DNA research
Strong skills in academic research, writing, and communication
Applicants should submit:
(3) letters of reference
Review of applications will begin on Friday, April 2nd, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is July 1, 2021. Inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading Postdoctoral Fellow (archaeogenetics).
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