Academic employee (AC-TAP) in ancient environmental DNA at Globe Institute

Academic employee (AC-TAP) in ancient environmental DNA
eDNA extraction of material from marine sediment cores and archaeological samples.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent academic employee to support our efforts in ancient environmental DNA to commence 1 April 2023.

Our research

The academic employee will be part of the Environmental DNA Group in the Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen ( The group currently consists of three postdocs, three PhD students, and one research assistant. We use environmental DNA and high-throughput sequencing to assess biodiversity, encompassing both technical and applied environmental DNA studies. The group is inclusive, multinational and has a collaborative mind-set. The day-to-day language is English. The Globe Institute’s main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural sciences, medical sciences and the humanities.

Your job

The successful candidate will be part of the Copenhagen group of the ERC Synergy project, SEACHANGE (, in which a cross-disciplinary approach is adopted to assess the impact of major cultural transitions on marine ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. Apart from ancient environmental DNA analyses, the overall project includes classical zooarchaeology, stable isotope analyses, dating methods, marine historical ecology and ecosystem modelling.

You will assist with the following tasks;

  • Support with subsampling of sediment samples with SeaChange partners (travel required)
  • Support with eDNA extraction of material from marine sediment cores and archaeological samples
  • Support with qPCR of eDNA extracts to screen for PCR inhibition
  • Assist with quality control of during the metabarcoding workflow
  • Assist with PCR and library preparation of Illumina metabarcoding sequencing libraries
  • Assist with submission of sequencing libraries for high-throughput sequencing
  • Maintenance of a complete scientific record in digital lab book
  • Contribution to lab cleaning rotas etc.

You will be expected to contribute to and support the ongoing research projects in the group on an ad hoc basis when needed; disseminate your expertise to new lab members and support the lab management.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic academic employee with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills

  • You have a MSc in Biology or related
  • You have documented experience in laboratory workflows for DNA metabarcoding of ancient environmental samples, specifically sediment cores
  • You have experience with ligation-based metabarcoding library preparation
  • You have an active interest in assessing marine biodiversity through time
  • Good English skills, written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills

  • Experience with subsampling of marine sediment cores for ancient eDNA analyses

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Globe Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Specifically on Øster Farimagsgade 5A, 1353 Copenhagen K, and the associated modern and ancient labs. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include state-of-the-art ancient and environmental DNA laboratories, the associated National High-throughput DNA Sequencing Centre and computational servers.

About Globe Institute
The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute’s main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at:

The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. See website for more information. All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of our Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year.

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years. The starting date is 1 April 2023.

Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.


For further information regarding the position, please contact Associate Professor Kristine Bohmann,


Your application should in English and include:

·         Letter of application addressing the requirements (max. one page).

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

Application deadline: 8 March 2023, 23.59 CET.

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