New Evolution and Medicine Program at University of Münster

New Evolution and Medicine Program at University of Münster

12 PhD positions available in the new Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD): PhD projects in Biology, Medicine, and Philosophy

Start: 1st April 2017. 3-year positions (TV-L E13 65 %)

The new DFG-funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD, GRK 2220) unites biological, medical, and philosophical research at the University of Münster, Germany. The core idea is to use the theory of evolution to understand processes leading to adaptation and/or disease. 12 PhD students will work on advancing evolutionary theory, and in turn, apply modern evolutionary approaches to medical questions.

EvoPAD doctoral researchers will perform cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary environment. Our multidisciplinary qualification program is tailored to individual career tracks, and offers opportunities for international cooperation, summer schools, and courses covering evolutionary and population genetics, bioinformatics, experimental design, philosophy of science, and bioethics.

EvoPAD is coordinated within the stimulating city of Münster near Münster’s University Palace and offers a family friendly and international atmosphere.

See webpage for details of application process and projects. 

Assistant/Associate Professor in Evolution & Medicine

Assistant/Associate Professor in Evolution & Medicine

The Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) and the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at Arizona State University (ASU) invite applications for tenure-eligible faculty positions in the area of evolution and medicine. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date is August 2017.
These positions are part of an institutional initiative to advance the field of evolutionary medicine. Under the direction of Randolph Nesse, the Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) seeks to improve human health by establishing evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine, worldwide. In an institution that rewards transdisciplinary research, the CEM currently includes faculty from the School of Life Sciences, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, as well as researchers from ASU’s Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative and clinical partnerships with the Mayo Clinic and Banner Hospitals. For more information on the CEM, please visit
Assistant/Associate Professor in Evolution & Medicine

Postdoctoral Research Associate In Forensic Genetics/Genomics

The Stone Lab at the Arizona State University is recruiting one Postdoctoral Research associate in forensic genetics and genomics to assist with a National Institutes of Justice-funded project that partners researchers at ASU with the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner in assessing new methods appropriate for forensic samples of burned bone, tooth roots, and dental calculus. Specifically, our goals are to examine questions about the relationship between different degrees of charring/burning and DNA recovery for different skeletal elements, the success rate of the different extraction methods and different analytical methods (STR analysis, genomic SNPs), and the extent of fragmentation and damage in DNA recovered from different tissues with different levels of burning. The anticipated start date is in January 2017. The full-time, benefits-eligible position is renewable on an annual basis (July 1 – June 30), contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources and the needs of the university. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered for initial appointment and for subsequent annual renewal.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology, evolutionary biology, or a related field by the time of appointment. Desired qualifications include experience in ancient DNA, forensic genetic or population genetic laboratory research and the ability to analyze large NGS datasets using scripts and analysis pipelines.

For more information about the Stone Lab, please see The position will be based in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at the Arizona State University with links to the CBR and CEM. The mission of the CBR is to advance problem-based research that seeks to discover and communicate new knowledge about past peoples’ life experiences, including health and disease, cultural contexts, and environmental adaptations well as to address critical contemporary problems through innovative approaches to the analysis of the physical evidence of our past human biology (See for more details). The Mission of the CEM is to improve human health by establishing evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine, worldwide. It supports research that demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of disease, as well as teaching and outreach initiatives (See for details). SHESC, CBR and CEM provide postdoctoral fellows with opportunities collaborate with faculty from a wide-range of disciplines including anthropology, biology, complex systems, computational informatics, genetics, infectious disease, psychology and virology.

To apply, please submit a single pdf document that contains: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications and previous research, 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Apply here:

General questions about this initiative should be directed to Dr. Anne Stone (

Initial deadline for complete applications is December 7, 2016; if not filled, review of complete application will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary for this position is $47,476 along with competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. The associate must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: and

Evolution & Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Evolution & Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications from exceptional early career scientists for the Evolution & Medicine Research Fellowship. The Fellowship brings talented researchers with a recently awarded M.D. or Ph.D. to the ASU campus to develop and extend their own independent research agendas with opportunities to collaborate with CEM faculty and other members of their laboratories. Additionally, fellows will spend time working with their mentor to develop skills in the areas of outreach, education and grant writing. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, co-evolution and infectious diseases, regulation of inflammation and other defenses, autoimmune disorders, cancer, genomics, reproductive health, lactation, and factors that influence disease susceptibility. The proposed research project must advance evidence based science for evolution and medicine.