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Hiring Organization:
MPI-EVA Leipzig

Date Posted:

Position Description:
A PhD position is available within the molecular genetics group ( in the Primatology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. This project will use next generation sequencing of DNA from noninvasive samples to characterize variation at multiple loci of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in wild chimpanzees. The degree of functional diversity in individuals will be assessed and compared among communities, populations, and subspecies. This project does not involve field research, but will incorporate use of data and fecal samples from wild chimpanzees that are the subjects of long term observation by collaborators in the field.

This position falls within 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. Our graduate school is conducted in English, open for international students and designed as a 3-year-program with a research focus and a limited amount of formal classwork.

We invite applications from all countries. Applicants should have a Master’s degree in a relevant subject (e.g., Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Anthropology) before the start of the program. Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of German is not required but international students have the opportunity to take free German courses. Candidates with experience in relevant molecular biology lab techniques, population genetics theory, and skills in genetic data analysis are encouraged to apply and knowledge of primates is helpful but not necessary.

Ph.D. students are supported for the duration of their PhD by tax-free stipends of approximately 15,000 Euro per year. There are no tuition fees, and low cost health insurance is available. Leipzig is an attractive city with readily available housing and a relatively low cost of living.

Term of Appointment:
Approximately 3 years beginning September 2013

Application Deadline:
January 31, 2012

Applicants should follow the application process described at and indicate interest in this project.

Contact Information:
Dr. Linda Vigilant
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


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