Postdoctoral Researcher

Nicosia, Cyprus
12 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Postdoctoral research position in genomics and transcriptomics at the University of Cyprus

Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: One (1)
Category: One (1) year contract with possibility of renewal
Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia

We are inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position to work with Alexander Kirschel in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus. The role will involve working on a Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) project involving collaboration with Associate Professor Bridgett vonHoldt, an expert in evolutionary genomics and epigenetics at Princeton University and Dr. Andrea Fulgione an expert in evolutionary and computational genomics of plants at Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research.


You will work on bioinformatics pipelines and downstream genomics analyses of whole genome sequences and ddRAD sequencing, working closely with Dr. vonHoldt and Dr. Fulgione. Genomics analyses include admixture mapping, GWAS, and RNAseq to examine gene expression patterns associated with phenotypic characters. Population genomics analyses will include demographic inference, based on site frequency spectrum and multiple sequentially Markovian coalescent (MSMC) approaches, as part of an investigation into discordance between nuclear genome and mitogenome phylogenies, while D statistics, metabarcoding and landscape genomics will also be used.


  • A PhD in a related subject
  • Molecular lab experience in genomic library preparation
  • Proficiency in R
  • Expertise in bioinformatics and command line
  • Experience with genome assembly
  • Proficiency in English

Desirable skills

  • Experience with demographic inference
  • First author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals


The position is based at the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia.


The position is for an initial 12 months, with possibility of extension. The gross annual salary range for full time employment ranges from €26,000 - €32,500 per annum commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Applications for this position are due by 17th February 2023.

Informal enquiries and applications, including a cover letter, CV, details of two referees, and a list of publications, should be sent by email to:

Associate Professor Alexander Kirschel
Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cyprus

At least the best three candidates that satisfy the required qualifications, will be interviewed by a 3-member Committee.

Candidates shall be informed of the result of their application by the relevant entity.

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