Ph.D.-student for study of Neurovascular Unit and Blood-Brain Barrier: Copenhagen, Denmark

We invite applications for a position as Ph.D.-student at The Translational Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
We seek an excellent Ph.D.-student with a high potential for original research focusing on the development of new methodologies to study brain capillaries and the blood-brain barrier by two-photon microscopy and other techniques. The appointment is for 3 years.
The research focus is on the control of the brain neurovascular unit and the blood-brain barrier in health and disease. Our most recent work is on calcium signaling in astrocytes and neurons, imaging of organelles, brain pericytes and aging mechanisms. Our strength is in vivo physiology in mice using basic electrophysiological and laser-optic techniques, transgenic mice, and 2-photon microscopy. The applicant is expected to work with 2-photon microscopy in mouse cerebral cortex in relation to the regulation of blood flow and the blood-brain barrier.
  • MSc or equivalent degree in natural or medical sciences
  • Experience in mathematical modeling and programming
  • Great interest in brain blood vessels
  • Interest in calcium and blood vessel imaging
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • An analytical aptitude of devising innovative scientific or technical solutions.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence
Employment conditions 
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus we encourage all – regardless of their personal background and status – to apply. The tentative start date is 1 September 2018 or soon thereafter.
Formal requirements
The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD programme at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Martin Lauritzen on tel. (+45) 24841840, or
To apply
Please send your application, resume, as well as names and contact details of referees electronically by clicking “Apply online” below.
Your application must include:
  • Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page)
  • Full CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
  • Possible publication list
  • Other information to consider: Possible references and recommendations
The closing date for applications is 8 August 2018. 
Following processing of the application, any application material sent will be destroyed.
The applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application. Please note the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
The further process 
Shortlist: After expiry of the application deadline, the superior with power to appoint selects a number of applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised.
Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministry Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities 2012 and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee 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.
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Unit: Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Department of Neuroscience

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Post expires on Wednesday August 8th, 2018