We invite independently-motivated researchers to apply for a 2 year post-doctoral position (extendable) using bioinformatics and analytical techniques to analyse ancient human and animal genomic information, with a focus on disease, molecular evolution and the impacts of climate change. The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating the Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR – – the world’s only publicly available collection of ancient genomes, and will use this resource to develop and apply field leading population genetics approaches. The aim of the project is to trace the evolution and spread of important genetic markers through ancient populations and genomes, using existing and newly generated data, and is part of an internationally competitive research team working closely with genetic analysts, population genetics specialists, archaeologists, and ancient DNA researchers at Harvard University, Max Planck Institutes, UCSD and U. Queensland.

The project is housed within the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and will combine state-of-the-art genetics, bioinformatics, and genomics tools, and is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a period of 2 years. It forms part of an ARC Laureate FL140100260 ‘Using ancient genomes and microbiomes to reconstruct human history’ award to Prof. Alan Cooper.

The position focuses on bioinformatics and population genetics analyses, and there is also scope for the generation of new ancient human data using the large collections of material available at ACAD and through collaborators. The successful PhD applicant would lead a program to develop and integrate analytical methods and pipelines for the analysis of large ancient genomic datasets, and co-supervise a group of postgraduate students in collaboration with overseas colleagues and the University’s School of Mathematical Sciences. A MSc level candidate will be expected to provide analytical capacity, but without supervisory responsibilities.

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Salary: (Level A) $62,112 – $84,291 per annum.
Superannuation: An employer contribution of 9.5% applies.

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available immediately for a period of two years.

To be successful you should have:

  • PhD or MSc with experience in bioinformatics, population genetics, biostatistics, biomedical genetics, or ancient DNA.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Next Generation Sequencing data processing and genomics analyses.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in programming languages (eg Python, Perl, R) and developing bioinformatics analytical pipelines, operating Linux-based high performance computing systems and SQL databases.
  • Ability to publish in scientific journals, and present research at international conferences.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. A Level A position will need to attract and supervise suitable PhD candidates.

Please address and upload your responses addressing the selection criteria section within the online application. Enquiries about the job specifications may be directed to Prof Alan Cooper,

Closing date: Tuesday 22 March 2016


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