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  Genomic study of the inhabitants of the ancient city of Thessaloniki in Greece

   Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution (iomE)

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About the Project

We're seeking a PhD student to join our team at the iomE (  at the JGU University in Mainz, Germany, to work on the genomic investigation of inhabitants of the ancient city of Thessaloniki in Greece.

Within the framework of a project funded by the European Union, we are investigating the genetic history of the ancient Greek city of Thessaloniki. The primary goal of this doctoral thesis is to reconstruct the historical development of this city based on the genetics of its inhabitants. Through palaeogenetic analyses of archaeological skeletons, we aim to gain insights into social structures, mobility, migration, and kinship relationships. The palaeogenetic research group at JGU is an internationally recognized anthropological research team investigating biological and evolutionary aspects of key events in human history based on genomes. We are seeking applicants with backgrounds in molecular biology, anthropology, or forensics who enjoy laboratory work and collaborating closely with our team in the palaeogenetic laboratories (, subsequently analyzing the generated genomes with a bioinformatics PostDoc on the computer.

Your responsibilities will include conducting independent research in the subject area with the aim of completing a doctorate. Generating ancient genomic data in the laboratory and conducting computer-assisted data analysis will be key components of your role, as well as regular collaboration with international project partners, publishing research results in scientific publications, and independently preparing and implementing courses for students within the scope of the teaching load.

Keywords: genomics, ancient, palaeogenetics, population genetics, next generation sequecning, archaeology, history

How to Apply

Details about the position and how to apply (including specific instructions for the cover letter) can be found here:

Applications can be submitted until May 8th, 2024, using the link provided above. For any further questions, please contact Prof. Joachim Burger, at [Email Address Removed].

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