The Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at Kiel University is pleased to announce a Postdoctoral Researcher position (m/f/d) in Ancient Livestock Genomics to be filled from August 1st 2020 until March 31th 2023. The weekly working time corresponds to full employment (currently 38.7 hours). The salary will be according to the payment grade 13 TV-L.
We are looking for a highly motivated, productive researcher who is will contribute to an international research team consisting of archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, stable isotope biogeochemists, and proteomic scientists. This research in ancient livestock genomics is carried out within the framework of the research project "ASIAPAST” (“From herds to empire: Biomolecular and zooarchaeological investigations of mobile pastoralism in the ancient Eurasian steppe”), supported by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (CoG-772957). ASIAPAST investigates the processes that underscored a unique transformation in human lifeways where for the first time, people relied almost exclusively on sheep, goats, cattle, and horses as subsistence and symbol.
The postdoc will focus on the analysis of ancient sheep and goat genomes from the Eurasian steppe in order to reconstruct livestock population histories, identify trait selection, and trace the spread of zoonotic pathogens.
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