Postdoctoral position in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia at the Department of Neuroscience

Updated: 20 days ago
Deadline: 31 May 2021

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

A 2 year postdoctoral position in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is available at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, starting from 15 August 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter. The position is associated with a project fully funded by the Lundbeck Foundation.

We are looking for an outstanding, independent and highly motivated candidate interested in neurodegenerative disorders. This position is open to candidates with PhD degree and offers the opportunity to work in an excellent team engaged in mouse models of disease, behavioral analysis, spatial transcriptomics and gene therapy.

The Department
The Department of Neuroscience offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate teaching programs focused on cell biology, brain circuits and higher brain functions in health and disease. More information about the Department can be found here: .

Our laboratory and research
The project will be conducted under the supervision of Assistant Prof. Ilary Allodi. Our laboratory offers a highly international and interdisciplinary environment, and our research aims on understanding mechanisms by which neurons and neuronal networks are affected in ALS and FTD. Specifically, the posted position focuses on investigating the role of inhibitory interneurons in neuronal network dysfunctions in early stages of disease. The experimental approach relies on in vivo techniques, such as mouse genetics, behavioral analysis, viral vector production, multiplexing techniques and spatial transcriptomics. Candidates with previous experience in neurodegeneration, transcriptomics analysis and gene therapy are highly encouraged to apply. More information can be found here: .

The candidate should have proven skills in molecular biology and handling mouse models of neurodegenerative disorders. Most importantly, the candidate should be highly motivated and committed to the project. In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, thus we encourage applicants to apply regardless of personal background.

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a PhD degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. neuroscience, biology, biomedicine, or similar.

The criteria are:

  • Prior experience in neuroscience (mandatory)
  • Previous training in molecular biology techniques (mandatory)
  • Prior experience in neurodegenerative disorders
  • Accredited course in Laboratory Animal Science according to Danish Animal Experimentation Act (FELASA) level B or C, enabling the candidate to execute independent laboratory work
  • Mouse colony maintenance (preferable)
  • Experience with stereotactic injection and behavioral testing (preferable)
  • Cloning, viral vector production (preferable)
  • Experience in tissue handling for in situ hybridization and mRNA sequencing
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Candidates should possess good oral communication skills
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in ALS and FTD
  • Strong analytical communication and computer skills are also required
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, result-oriented and capable of working independently in a collaborative setting
  • Publication record in neuroscience and neurodegenerative disorders

Place of employment
The place of employment is the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories in the Panum Institute and state-of-the-art equipment for behavioral analysis and spatial transcriptomics.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 15 of August 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,600 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (February 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11,2019.

For further information please contact:

Ilary Allodi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Panum Institute 24.4, Blegdamsvej 3
2200 Copenhagen

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications.
  • Names and contact details for 2 referees
  • The applicants can submit these materials in the given fields in the online submission system.

    Deadline for application: 31 May 2021, 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. 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.

    Interviews are expected to be held in week 26-27

    University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

    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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