Applications are invited for multiple Ph.D. and postdoc positions in METU with an ERC-funded interdisciplinary research project on the Neolithic Transition in Southwest Asia.
We seek applicants with backgrounds in molecular biology, population genetics, anthropology, archaeology, and computer science.
The work will be conducted at METU, Ankara, in collaboration with Hacettepe University, and major Neolithic excavations in the region, including Çatalhöyük and Aşıklıhöyük.
Discover the project tasks and requirements on the LINK:
EMPLOYMENT AND STUDY CONDITIONS:
For postdocs, the positions are planned for 2 years, with possible extension.
For Ph.D. students, the positions will be for 4 years, and the students will complete the METU and/or Hacettepe University Graduate Programs. Note that METU programs are in English.
NEOGENE’s diverse and vibrant research environment is composed of the research groups run by Mehmet Somel (evolutionary genetics and computational biology, at the univeristy Biological Sciences), Füsun Özer (ancient DNA at METU Biological Sciences), Yılmaz Selim Erdal (human bioarchaeology, at Hacettepe Anthropology), Çiğdem Atakuman (Neolithic archaeology and material culture studies at METU Settlement Archaeology), Elif Sürer (serious games and simulation, at Informatics Institute). We also closely collaborate with multiple archaeology teams working in the region.
METU is Turkey’s top public university, with the largest share of national science funding among the country’s universities. The student population stands at 27,000, and we host about 2,000 international students and staff.
The successful candidates will receive salary commensurate with experience. They will further enjoy access to on-campus housing. The University campus includes a >3,000 hectare forest area and a lake, with access to a wide selection of recreational sports.
For further information on NEOGENE, please contact Mehmet Somel ([email protected]).
Postdoc and PhD candidates should send (1) a CV, (2) a statement of interest that mentions the part of the project the candidate plans to work in (max. 2 pages), (3) contact information for three referees, (4) an academic transcript (for PhD student applications only), via email to [email protected].
The emails should be titled according to the type of application and your area of interest (e.g. “PhD application, computer science”, or “Postdoc application, ancient DNA”).
Applications will remain open until all positions are filled. The starting dates are flexible, but we expect the chosen candidates to start by Summer/Fall 2018.