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Postdoctoral Position: University of Parma (Italy), 1 year Post Doc in Human Population Genomics.

  • Application Deadline
    26 June 2021
  • Contact Name
    Prof. Capelli

One year Post Doctoral Position (Assegno di Ricerca) in human population genomics at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SCVSA), University of Parma (Italy) (https://scvsa.unipr.it/en), as part of the Molecular Anthropology Laboratory coordinated by Prof. Cristian Capelli.

This position will take the lead on the analysis of genomic and demographic data to reconstruct micro-evolutionary dynamics in human populations. The Post Doctoral investigator will apply bioinformatics and biostatistics tools to analyse metagenomic data generated from saliva samples of human groups. The aim is to reconstruct the dynamics and the impact of migration and gene-flow in shaping genetic variation across groups within populations. Our objective is to bring together the demographic data collected via interviews of participants and the genetic variation of people and associated microbes to develop an integrated model describing how behaviour and spatial proximity shape genetic variation.

The successful applicant will be already skilled and have solid experience in all aspects of handling human genomic data in the context of population genomics and use of high-performance computational clusters. The individual will process and analyse data already available, write resulting manuscripts and contribute to the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants will be expected to have published work relevant for the project.

The position is expected to start in September 2021. Interested candidate fulfilling the criteria are invited to contact Prof. Capelli to discuss the project (email: ). Please send a copy of your CV and a motivation letter explaining why you are interested in the project and how your past experience is relevant for its realisation.
This position is part of the special ministerial funding granted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research following the recognition of the SCVSA as a Department of Excellence (2018-2022).

University of Parma is one of the oldest in the world, originally founded in 962 by Emperor Ottonian. The University holds 9 Departments, 40 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 46 Second Cycle Degree Courses (7 of which entirely held in English), as well as many Postgraduate schools, Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhDs. The size of the University (27,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year and about 1,700 faculty and staff members), together with the quality of life in Parma has always attracted a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of our registered students come from outside of Parma and its Province: for this reason the University deserves top ranking for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.

Parma, the hometown of the famous Italian music composers Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini, is located in the Emilia-Romagna region, in the North of Italy. The city hosts several famous historical buildings (the Renaissance Teatro Farnese among the others) and is placed within the beautiful Parma valley, also known as the “Food Valley” for its world-wide renowned gastronomic products.

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