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Leipzig School of Human Origins

by Ed Hagen last modified Oct 21, 2010 12:09 PM
We invite applications for the Leipzig School of Human Origins, a joint graduate program of the University of Leipzig (Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. This program provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for university graduates who wish to work towards a Ph.D. in anthropology, biology, evolutionary genetics, primatology, paleoanthropology and related fields.

Candidates apply for one of the following disciplines of the program: 1) Comparative Primatology - focusing on the evolution of social and cultural systems in the great apes, as well as other relevant mammals. 2) Evolutionary and Functional Genomics, Ancient DNA, Molecular Anthropology and Genome Bioinformatice a. Evolutionary Genomics, Ancient DNA - focusing on the evolutionary and functional genomics of humans and the great apes, as well as the retrieval of DNA from palaeontological remains. b. Molecular Anthropology - focusing on the origin, relationships, history, and migration patterns of human populations. c. Genome Bioinformatics - focusing on computational approaches to the management and analysis of gene expression data. 3) Human Paleontology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Archaeological Science - focusing on the study of hominid fossils and archaeological sites. This includes comparative morphological as well as chemical (isotopic) analyses. Graduate students will be accepted to only one of these areas but will have the opportunity to take part in courses and seminars in all of them. Our Ph.D. program is open for international students and is designed as a 3-year-program. We invite applications from all countries. Applicants hold a Bachelor degree with honors, a Masters degree, a Diploma or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, anthropology, or related fields. It is not necessary to hold the degree at the point of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program in September. Candidates have to be fluent in written and spoken English. German is not required but international students will be offered opportunities to take German courses. Ph.D. students are supported by fellowships which are provided either by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology or the University of Leipzig; or have been obtained by the student. Term of Appointment: Fall 2011 Application Deadline: January 31, 2011 Visit for information on living in Leipzig, Germany, in the center of Europe. Contact Information: Sandra Jacob Deutscher Platz 6 Leipzig, 04103, Germany Telephone Number: ++493413550122 Fax Number: ++493413550119 Website: E-mail Address:

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