PhD Studentship in Human Evolutionary Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK

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PhD Studentship in Human Evolutionary Genetics
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is pleased to announce a PhD studentship in Human Evolutionary Genetics to start in October 2011. The three-year studentship is available as part of an ERC funded project entitled,

An inter-disciplinary approach for identifying evolutionary active regions in the human genome.
Start date: October 1st, 2011
Supervisor: Dr. Toomas Kivisild, Dept. Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Co-supervisor/Advisor: Dr. Chris Tyler-Smith, WT Sanger Institute

The project involves research on the variation of human genome in populations from various climate zones. It will combine evidence from Humanities and Natural Sciences to build realistic demographic models of population differentiation and dispersals over the past 100 thousand years and using high-throughput genotyping and second generation sequencing methods will attempt to reveal regions in the genome that have been affected by natural selection due to environment and life style differences.

Applicants should have a Masters degree and/or the equivalent of at least a high 2:1 UK honours degree in one of the following areas: Population Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or similar field. Programming skills, experience with computer simulations and familiarity with analysis tools designed for genome-wide genotype and second generation sequencing data will be an advantage.

Funding: The studentship provides a starting stipend of £19,619 pa which is expected to cover all college and University composition fees and basic maintenance costs for the duration of the studentship. The studentships are open to all home and EU students. Non-EU applicants can only be considered if they already have the means to cover the fees differential for overseas students.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Toomas Kivisild at

Applications consisting of a full CV, letter of application and a signed CHRIS/6 application cover sheet (Parts 1 and 3 only) with the names and contact details of two referees should be sent to Mrs. Jane Clare, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Pembroke Street, CB2 3DZ, e-mail: to arrive no later than August 5th 2011. A CHRIS/6 application cover sheet can be downloaded from

Interviews will take place on 26th August 2011.
Limit of tenure: 36 months
Closing date: 5th August 2011.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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