PhD position in mineral-aDNA interactions

The Laboratory for Environmental Geochemistry within the framework of the research platform MINERVA (Mineralogical Preservation of the Human Biome for the Depth of Time) of the University of Vienna is looking for a PhD candidate who is interested to investigate the surface processes and geochemical mechanisms by which minerals capture and preserve aDNA over long timescales.

This fully funded (4 years) project offers an international, collaborative environment for research in ancient DNA geochemistry and genomics, with an intellectually competitive team and first-rate infrastructure in a city, that offers a very high quality of life.

We seek a highly motivated individual with a strong background in geochemistry who is interested in using state-of-the- art geochemical analyses, microscopy and spectroscopy to elucidate mineral-DNA interactions with the aim to push boundaries in the field of human biome evolution. Applicants for the PhD student position should have a master degree in a relevant field (e.g., Chemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, Mineralogy) and a creative, inquiring and enthusiastic personality. They must have the ability to work independently and in a team. Good English language skills are essential, German language skills are not mandatory. The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women in research positions, and therefore specifically encourages applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration.

Please contact Prof. Stephan Kraemer for further information or send applications including a statement of research interests, a detailed Curriculum Vitae, and the names of two referees to stephan.kraemer@univie.ac.at. Applications are welcome until the 10th of November or until the position is filled. The starting date of the position can be negotiated.

posted: 13 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.