PhD Fellowship in Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), University of Copenhagen

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 03 Nov 2019

We are offering a three-year PhD fellowship in aging, clinical neurophysiology and MR imaging. The PhD fellowship begins on 31 December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

Research environment

The research group consists of 2 professors, 1 consultant, 1 Ph.D. students, 1 technician. This group is located at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging Unit, Functional Imaging Unit, Dept of Clinical Physiology, NuclearMedicine and PET at Rigshospitalet-Glostrup and at the Department of Neuroscience at the Panum Institute. The group carries out research on central nervous system diseases with EEG and MR to elucidate the mechanisms of brain activity in aging and cognitive decline. Animal experiments support our human studies and elucidate the mechanisms and consequences of dysregulation for central nervous system disorders.

Project description

The research focus is on the pathophysiology of brain aging in normally aged individuals and in a small group of elderly patients who have survived sepsis. The current study aims to compare results of cognitive tests, electroencephalography (EEG) frequency measurements structural and functional MRI in three groups of patient assumed to represent healthy and unhealthy brain aging. This will give us unique information about the long-term consequences of being elderly and a patient and the pathophysiological characteristics of unhealthy brain aging.

Principal supervisor

Professor Martin Lauritzen, or , direct Phone: +45 24841840

What can we offer:

  • Three-year PhD study course
  • Opportunity for scientific work on a clinically important project in a well-functioning research group
  • National and international research network
  • Training in recording and analysis of stimulation-evoked EEG signals in context of cognitive function
  • Training in magnetic resonance imaging of vascular function and the blood-brain barrier
  • Training in cognitive testing of test-persons
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opportunity for development of own PhD project.
    Your main tasks as a PhD student at SUND are to:
  • Complete an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent educational activities corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay with another research team
  • Gain experience of teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Write a PhD thesis based on your project

Required qualifications

  • Master's degree in medical science, human biology, biophysics, psychology or engineering.
  • A strong interest in clinical neurophysiology, brain imaging and data analysis.
  • Interest in brain aging
  • Past research experience is a qualification.
  • You are energetic, dedicated, responsible and diligent. Medical sciences, biophysics, human biology or engineering
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • An analytical aptitude of devising innovative scientific or technical solutions.

Terms of employment

The position is available for a three-year period.

It 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. 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.

The salary and other terms and conditions of the appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.

Application Procedure

The application must be submitted in English and must include the following:

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project (max. one page)
  • Full CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc including grade transcipts)
  • Other information to consider: Publications, if any and relevant references and recommendations

Deadline for applications

3 November 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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 can read about the recruitment process at  

The applicant 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 encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

The successful candidate will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the SUND Graduate School. Employment as a PhD fellow will be conditional on successful enrolment in the PhD programme.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the supervisor or Professor Martin Lauritzen, or , +45 24841840

General information about PhD programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available on the Graduate School’s website

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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