Postdoctoral Fellow – Skoglund Lab

The Francis Crick Institute

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

Pontus Skoglund’s Ancient Genomics Lab at the Francis Crick Institute in London is looking for a postdoctoral fellow interested in ancient population genomics of dogs and humans. The Skoglund Ancient Genomics lab ( ) is a dynamic team with backgrounds in computational biology, molecular biology and archaeology, with state-of-the-art infrastructure. The Francis Crick Institute ( ) is the largest biomedical institute under one roof in Europe.

Ancient genomics has provided abundant information about human genetic history, but has not fulfilled its promise to provide insights into a wider range of evolutionary processes. This postdoc will work on the lab’s project to develop the dog and its wild ancestor the grey wolf as a model system for evolutionary genomics. The postdoc will work on ancient whole-shotgun genomes and targeted SNP data from over a thousand ancient individuals to reconstruct evolution in three phases:

  • 1) Ice age wolf evolution. How did wolves evolve during dynamic climate changes?
  • 2) Early dog domestication. When, where, and how did dogs originate?
  • 3) Holocene dog. How did dogs evolve and adapt to changing human societies?

Experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold,

Open and Collegial, in addition to the following:

  • PhD (or expected) with a project on population genetics
  • Strong computational and programming skills
  • Ability to manage project timelines
  • Ability to work collaboratively in small teams
  • An interest in dogs and wolves

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • The closing date for applications is 15.07.2023
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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