Linking past climate change with human genetic diversity: postdoc position in bioinformatics/climate research

  • Employer: IBS Center for Climate Physics
  • Location: Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
  • Education Level: PhD
  • Job type: Postdoctoral Fellow – Assistant Researcher, depending on experience
  • Salary: 54-65 million KRW/year (~43,000-50,000 USD)
  • Term: Full Time, 2 years, with possibility for renewal

Applicants for this position should have a PhD in life sciences, computational sciences or a related field. Candidates are expected to have strong computational skills, excitement to work on a new research subject, a good publication record, a high level of independence, curiosity and creativity, and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary research environment. The candidate is expected to have working knowledge in evolutionary biology, computational biology, computer science, bioinformatics and an interest in climate research. Experience with phylogenetic analysis of animal or human populations (e.g using BEAUti, BEAST, FastTree) and coding/scripting skills in Linux, Python, R or Julia are highly desirable.


The successful candidate will work with Prof. Axel Timmermann to investigate the impact of past climate shifts on human migration and genetic diversification using a realistic climate-forced agent-based human/DNA simulator in combination with bioinformatics tools (such as BEAST). The forward simulations covering the past 200,000 years will be compared with extant human mitochondrial, Y-chromosome and whole genome data. We will further apply gene-based fitness functions to the agent-based model to emulate the influence of climate on early human speciation and test climate-mediated selection mechanisms. 


The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP), (http://iccp.ibs.re.kr) directed by Dr. Axel Timmermann, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of natural climate variability, man-made climate change and their impacts on the hydrological cycle, regional processes, ice-sheets, and sea level. The ICCP is generously funded through the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) (http://ibs.re.kr). 


Please submit a cover letter (using the reference PD-04-2022), a short statement of your research interests, curriculum vitae, the name of 2 references, and up to three publications to Ms. Jenny Choi (hahadaye@pusan.ac.kr). The review of the applications will start on August 30th, 2022. If you have any further questions regarding this position, please contact Axel Timmermann (axel@ibsclimate.org).