Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is one of the leading institutions investigating fundamental questions in the evolution of humankind. We unite scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) who work together from an interdisciplinary perspective to gain insights into the history, diversity and capacities of the human species.
At the Department of Archaeogenetics, we utilise novel scientific approaches such as high-throughput sequencing of ancient DNA from human populations and their microbes (pathogens and microbiomes) to explore research questions related to human history, gene-culture coevolution, microbiome evolution, and adaptation to infectious disease. Our aim is to obtain detailed information about genetic relationships, geographical origin, selective processes or genetic structure of historic and prehistoric human, plant, animal or even pathogen populations over time using only miniscule samples.
We are looking for a motivated and dedicated Research Assistant (HiWi) with an interest in
‘open-science’ , archaeological science and/or metagenomics, to help in the curation, maintenance
and extension of the repository. Tasks will primarily include collecting and compiling relevant
sample metadata from new ancient metagenomic publications, reviewing already added
publications to extract additional information (e.g. additional C14 data, laboratory information) and
data entry of these information into the repository. This position will also involve coordination with
the SPAAM community (https://spaam-community.github.io) of ancient metagenomics
Coding experience is not required, but student assistants will have opportunities to learn basic
coding skills during the project. If necessary, the role will also include training in the use of the
GitHub (https://github.com) platform. All the contributions of the Research Assistant will be
publicly published under a creative commons licence, which also means that you have the
opportunity to build up experience in a larger open-source project.
This position would be particularly suited for those with experience or training in archaeology,
archaeological sciences and an interest in ancient DNA and metagenomics.
We are looking for someone with a background in any of
And experience and/or knowledge in
Thorough literature review
Archaeological science data types (Radiocarbon dating, archaeological time periods, Stable
Optional / Desirable
Experience with Git(Hub)
Interest in ancient DNA
Interest in metagenomics
What we offer:
We offer research in an interdisciplinary and international team located at the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany; however, this position can be remote from
elsewhere within Germany. The HiWI position is available as soon as possible for an initial period of 3
months, with the possibility of extension. Expected work time is 35-40 hours/month, and the salary is
12.68 €/hour for Master’s students with a Bachelor’s degree, or 10.91 €/hour for students currently
enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program. The Max Planck Society offers flexible working hours, and
active support of healthy work-life balance and a family-friendly working environment.
Contact information for two references familiar with your work
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
We look forward to receiving your completed online application.
The Max Planck Society and the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology are very committed to equal opportunities, diversity as well as gender
equality. We actively support the compatibility of work and family and have set ourselves the goal of
employing more severely disabled people as well as groups that are underrepresented in science and
especially in the given field of activity. Therefore, we explicitly encourage them to apply and welcome
applications from all backgrounds.