University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Postdoc for comparative genomics analyses of 100 ant species, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Copenhagen, Denmark

A three-year postdoc position is available at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher for a three-year postdoc position in comparative genomics. The position will be hosted in Villum Centre for Biodiversity Genomics ( and will start from 1st May 2020. The deadline of the application is at 31st December 2019.

Project description
The Global Ant Genomics Consortium ( aims to sequence high quality reference genomes for ca. 200 ant species covering the major diversity of Formicidae family. We expect to finish the first 100 genomes by 1st May 2020 and will start organizing the first pilot comparative genomics analyses. All the genomes have been assembled with PacBio long reads and HiC sequencing, thus will be in near chromosome level. This project will perform the comparative genomics analyses with the first 100 ant genomes to reconstruct ant phylogeny and to reveal the genomic changes associated with the evolution of ant social structure, behavior, and lineage-specialized adaptation.

General job description
Independently carry out the comparative genomics analyses
Coordinate analyses together with other collaborators
Limited participation in teaching and dissemination activities of the Centre

Required qualifications
– A PhD degree within computational biology, ecology and evolution, genomics
or related fields
– Highly experienced on comparative genomics and transcriptomics
– A convincing publication track record
– An active interest in insects or ant evolution
– Fluent spoken and written English
– Excellent communication skill and ability to work in teams
– Have experience in working independently and coordinating with other teams

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Guojie Zhang; email

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 434.179 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.244). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below.

Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications.
  • Contacts of three referees know yourself.

The deadline for applications is at 31st December 2019, 23:59 GMT+1

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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