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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.

Stu­dent Research Assist­ant

Data­base Cur­a­tion Sup­port

Working field:

Ancient­Meta­gen­omeDir ( is an ini­ti­at­ive to aggreg­ate and stand­ard­ise con­tex­tual metadata of all pub­licly avail­able archae­olo­gical
and envir­on­mental samples used for ancient meta­ge­n­omic ana­lysis.

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 ( 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 ( 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
  • Archae­ology
  • Archae­olo­gical Sci­ence
  • Ancient DNA
  • Meta­ge­n­om­ics

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.

How to apply:

Please dir­ect any inquir­ies to the main nf-core/eager developer James Fel­lows Yates
( and Prof. Christina Warin­ner (

Inter­ested can­did­ates should sub­mit their applic­a­tion mater­i­als con­sist­ing of the fol­low­ing to
  • Cover let­ter (PDF)
  • Cur­riculum Vitae (PDF)
  • 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.