Quantifying climate effects on archaic human admixture in late Pleistocene Asia: Postdoctoral Fellow position

  • Employer: IBS Center for Climate Physics, Busan, South Korea
  • Salary: 50-60 million KRW/year (~40,000-45,000 USD/year)
  • Term: Full Time, 2 years, with possibility for renewal
  • Start time: March-April 2024

Applicants for this position should have a PhD in Mathematics, Computational science, Evolutional Biology, Genetics, Paleoanthropology, Paleoecology, or Paleoclimatology. Candidates are expected to have a good publication record, excitement to work on a new research subject, a high level of independence, curiosity, and creativity, and is capable in working in an international and interdisciplinary research environment. Fluency in English is required. Computational skills and programing experience with Matlab, Python, NCL, or Julia is desirable.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Jiaoyang Ruan (IBS Young Scientist Fellow) and Prof. Axel Timmermann to explore the climate effects on the admixture of different human lineages (e.g., Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans) in late Pleistocene Asia. To do so, the candidate will be using the latest version of Hominin Dispersal Model (HDM version 3) that was developed in the center over the past years. This partial differential equation model simulates the population density of different human lineages on a global geographic grid and accounts for dispersal (Timmermann et al. 2016, Nature), climate-dependent habitats and food resources (Ruan et al. 2023 Science, Timmermann et al. 2022, Nature), population growth, exclusive competition, and interbreeding (Timmermann 2020, QSR). The project will identify spatiotemporal Denisovan distributions, last refugia, and interbreeding dynamics with H. sapiens. The candidate will conduct a series of HDMv3 simulations with different climatic and demographic forcings to quantify the climate effects on past population admixtures. This project will involve collaborations with leading international experts in paleo-genomics.

The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP, http://ibsclimate.org), directed by Dr. Axel Timmermann, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of natural climate variability, man-made climate change and their impacts on life on Earth. The ICCP is generously funded through the Institute for Basic Science (https://ibs.re.kr). 

The ICCP is located in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. Busan has diverse natural landscape with beautiful coasts and mountains. From designer cafes, international movie and art festivals, award-winning restaurants to temples at the end of hiking trails, Busan has many to offer for everyone. 

Review of applications will start on Dec. 10th, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, a short statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, the name of 2 references, and up to three publications to Ms. Jenny Choi (hahadaye@pusan.ac.kr). If you have any further questions about this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Jiaoyang Ruan (jiaoyangruan@pusan.ac.kr).