PhD fellowship in functional reorganization of in vivo neuron-glia circuit at the Center for Translational Neuromedicine

Updated: 29 days ago
Deadline: 29 Aug 2022

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

We are offering a PhD fellowship in functional reorganization of in vivo neuron-glia circuit commencing 15 November 2022.

Our group and research
The Center for Translational Neuromedicine (CTN) is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and is located at Panum. CTN focuses on developing new approaches for investigating and treating neurological diseases, primarily using the tools of physiology and imaging coupled with cell and gene therapy. The center comprises modern laboratories and excellent facilities within neuroscience. CTN is a highly ambitious, collaborative research environment which currently has 50 employees and students and is divided into four labs.

For more information: https://ctn.ku.dk/ .

Project description

The brain undergoes a profound functional reorganization during chronic pain. While pain affects all components of the brain and spinal cord, this project focuses on higher-order brain areas that are highly evolved in mammalian species such as the frontal lobe. Pain induces neuromodulator and cytokine changes that transform the brain into an activated state. Using the latest molecular genetics tools and in vivo optical imaging & manipulation, we will characterize circuit changes and explore possible therapeutic interventions to alleviate the compromised higher-order functions.

Principal supervisor is Prof. Maiken Nedergaard, Center for Translational Neuromedicine, nedergaard@sund.ku.dk , (The PhD student will be co-supervised by Prof. Hajime Hirase hirase@sund.ku.dk).

Start:                  15 November 2022(or earlier, if possible)

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have a strong background in molecular biology and experience in rodent in vivo recording/imaging. Bachelor and/or Master’s degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology, or neuroscience are required. Note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years). A preferred candidate has experience in optogenetic experiments and high-performance in situ hybridization (e.g., RNAScope). Demonstration of scientific productivity (i.e., peer-reviewed publications) is considered positively.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in neuroscience
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Center for Translational Neuromedicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and strong association with the Panum MRI core facility.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The start date is 15 November 2022 (or earlier, if possible).

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 27,800 DKK/Roughly 3,700 EUR (October 2021 level) plus pension.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor or Center Administrator Ann Christensen, ann.christensen@sund.ku.dk .

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  29 August 2022, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You find information about the recruitment process at: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background. 


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