To reinforce our team in Fribourg, Switzerland, we are seeking a Postdoc.
Postdoc position in Ancient DNA Bioinformatics


University of Fribourg

Work Location

Fribourg, Switzerland

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Type of contract


Job description
Who we are
We are a young, international, interdisciplinary and enthusiastic research group at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, aiming at understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping the realm of biological diversity we see today. To achieve this, we design and develop new statistical and computational approaches, and apply them to big data from many biological fields. A current focus of the lab is on dedicated tools for ancient DNA (aDNA) bioinformatics and their use to study past human societies.

Your tasks
We develop ATLAS (, a dedicated tool to conduct bioinformatic analyses from raw-sequence data to population genomics. We seek a highly motivated Postdoc to extend the machine learning models of ATLAS that are used for genotyping, in particular regarding post-mortem damage and recalibration, and to support the analysis of ancient DNA data within larger consortia.

The position is fully funded with a competitive salary for two years, with the possibility to extend by another two years. The successful candidate should ideally start in Summer 2021. The project does not involve lab work.

Further information on our lab

Recent papers on the topic

Profile requirements
You should have a PhD degree in bioinformatics, population genomics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or a related field, and a strong interest in applying these skills to ancient DNA. Good programming skills are expected, ideally in C++. Also, we expect some knowledge in statistical inference and machine learning, for which we are happy to provide further training. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is expected.

How to apply
To receive full consideration, apply before May 15 at with a single PDF file including :
- a cover letter with a brief summary of your previous research and motivation for the position,
- a Curriculum Vitae,
- names, addresses and emails of two professional references.