PhD stipend in the molecular architecture of dopamine terminals

Updated: 9 months ago
Deadline: 22 Oct 2019

A time-limited 3-year PhD position at Department of Neuroscience is available as soon as possible. The aim of the project is to identify and map nanoscale architectural changes in presynaptic release sites of dopaminergic neurons that may underlie or arise from dopaminergic dysfunction by knock-down of disease susceptible genes.

The PhD student will work with characterization of the nanoscale architecture of the dopaminergic system in disease models elicited by knock-down of loss-of-function intolerant genes in the general population associated with neuropsychiatric diseases. The study will among other techniques use super-resolved fluorescence microscopy to resolve structures at a nanoscopic level, primary neuron culture work, viral expression techniques and advanced data analysis.

In connection with the appointment to the post, special importance will be attached to the applicant having the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, biotechnology or in an equivalent area
  • Experience with super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • Experience with molecular biology
  • Experience with immunocytochemistry and/or immunohistochemistry
  • Experience with mouse/rat brain dissection
  • Experience with advanced data analysis languages (Python, MATLAB)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

Terms of employment

The position is offered for a period of three years as fulltime and the employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). In addition to research activities, the PhD candidate will be expected – during the period of the stipend – to acquire experience in teaching and/or other types of presentations.

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. 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 Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.


For further information, please contact Professor Ulrik Gether, e-mail:   

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: /

Application procedure

The application must include following appendices:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Copies of relevant diplomas
  • A complete list of publications (if possible)

The deadline for applications is 22 October2019. Any applications received after this time 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 wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background

The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark’s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology. /

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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