Bioinformatician to Ancient DNA facility

Published: 2018-12-20

The Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies is the largest archaeological environment in Sweden and was in 2006 and 2014 appointed leading research area at Stockholm University. It consists of six sections: Archaeology, Stockholm Numismatic Institute, Archaeological Research Laboratory, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Both the research and the education at the Department comprise different areas and time periods.

The SciLifeLab Ancient DNA Facility (ADF) offers analysis of DNA from historical material for the benefit of archaeologists, scientists, museum staff and others. Investigation of ancient DNA is a powerful tool to understand history and biology, which today is only available to specialized research groups. The vision of ADF is to make the tools available to a wider group of users.

ADF is currently under establishment and is a part of the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, but also has a node at Uppsala University. The position as bioinformatician includes the development and establishment of ADF’s data analysis, performing analysis of data from samples handled by ADF, and participating in production of reports to the users.

Main responsibilities
The main tasks include performing and developing analysis of DNA sequence data from historical and prehistorical remains of humans, animals and plants. The analysis includes assembly of sequence data, quality controls, determination if DNA data is from ancient sources, and determination of the species and sex of sampled individuals. Analysis of ancestry and traits will also be developed for inclusion in the analysis. The bioinformatician is expected to participate in the department’s and ADF’s other activities and will be part of a team that includes the ADF staff in Uppsala.

Qualification requirements
We are looking for someone with a Master’s degree or similar in a relevant field (e.g.bioinformatics, biotechnology or genetics) and documented experience of working with DNA data analysis.

Experience of working with data generated by high throughput sequencing (e.g. Illumina), and experience of using and developing tools and pipelines for analysis of DNA sequences from historical material is greatly appreciated. Experience in populations genetics and work with core facilities is also valuable. Excellent command of English in writing and speech is important. Personal qualities will also be considered, such as ability to plan, organize and document your work, work in a team and take initiative.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time position for 18 months with the possibility of extension.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Facility, Magnus Lundgren, telephone: +46 18 471 26 96,


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