Postdoctoral Research Assistant Data Science

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Data Science

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Jena, Germany

The 'Lise Meitner' Pan African Evolution Research Group (Pan-Ev) at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the Extreme Events Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are pleased to announce a vacancy for a postdoctoral research assistant in modelling and data science. The position will be for up to four years and shared between the two groups, both based in Jena, Germany. The candidate will be given an initial 3 years contract with the possibility of extension of a further 12 months.

The overarching research topic in Pan-Ev is to develop innovative interdisciplinary methods and conduct fieldwork in underrepresented regions of Africa to understand human evolutionary processes across the continent. The Extreme Events group is conducting complementary research looking at the character and impacts of extreme events in biological, societal and earth and systems.

The candidate’s job will be to help develop approaches and models to better understand the archaeological and ecological data being generated by both groups, supporting the PIs and other research group members. The candidate will also spend some time with project collaborator, Dr Yoan Diekmann at the University of Mainz.

The ideal applicant will have a computational background, e.g. in computer science, statistics or physics, or a strong track record of having applied methods from these areas. In depth knowledge of statistical data analysis and modelling and interest to creatively apply these skills are essential. Interest (but not necessarily experience) in human evolution and its relationship with culture and environment is a prerequisite. Prior experience with archaeological, climatic and cultural data and their multivariate analysis, e.g. in an Approximate Bayesian Computation framework, are a plus.

Prerequisites also include evidence of strong oral and written communication skills as evidence by an outstanding publication and presentation record, commensurate with career stage. The ability to complete tasks in a timely and structured fashion is also required for the position. Willingness to travel is essential.

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