We invite applications for a PhD student position at the University of Copenhagen, as part of the COREX synergy project. The applicant will be advised by Assoc. Prof. Fernando Racimo, whose research group focuses on using ancient and present-day DNA to understand patterns of selection and admixture over time, in combination with archaeological and paleo-environmental data, and to develop methods to infer dynamic population processes while accounting for both spatial and temporal variation. The candidate will be able to work with unprecedentedly large ancient genomic, archaeological and paleo-vegetation datasets from a period spanning the last 10,000 years of West Eurasian history. The focus of the project will be on performing exploratory analyses and developing computational models to connect population genetic processes (population expansions, migrations and admixture), patterns of material culture distribution (i.e. diffusion of technology and art forms), environmental factors (climate, ecozones, subsistence strategy and the presence of pathogens), sedimentary DNA and demographic data (such as population density estimates from radiocarbon date density data). This will be done using a variety of geostatistically-aware models that account for auto-correlations in both space and time.
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