One or more PhD Stipends in Forensic statistics (17-18066)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences, one or more PhD stipends are open for appointment within the general study programme Mathematics, Physics and Computational Science from 1st October 2018 or soon hereafter.

Job description

Forensic genetics is concerned with investigation of genetic DNA markers of biological material in relation to forensic applications. Examples may be to obtain information leading to persons of interest within crime, identification, paternity or family reunion cases. Recently, it has additionally become possible to assess the likelihood of various phenotypic features bases on genetic markers, e.g. pigmentation (eye, hair and skin colour), age and ethnicity.

Reporting of forensic results are often described in terms of the likelihood ratio principle, in which the likelihood of the results the genetic markers depends on (i) the allele probabilities at the investigated markers, and (ii) the dependence among genetic markers. For practical reasons, it is customary to consider markers in which alleles are known to be in linkage equilibrium in some population of interest; that is, the alleles are independent. However, with modern advanced DNA-technology (e.g. multi parallel sequencing) it is possible to consider numerous genetic markers simultaneously.

The problem of using markers not in linkage equilibrium is, that the specific dependency structure needs to be learned from data. Graphical models, Bayesian networks and other probabilistic approaches can be used to estimate the underlying dependence structure between the genetic markers. This will enable parameter estimates and allele frequency estimates to be done efficiently without overestimating the evidential value from assuming independence.

The successful PhD candidate will have extensive knowledge in statistical models and probability theory. Specifically, in depth knowledge about graphical models and Bayesian networks are essential, however experience with other standard statistical models and basic probability theory is expected. Strong skills in programming is needed in order to implement the derived statistical models. Good collaborative and communicative skills are required, with an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the forensic genetics field and actors.

You may obtain further information from associate professor Torben Tvedebrink , phone: 9940 8860 , email: , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.   

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Fri Sep 21 00:00:00 CEST 2018

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