Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
We are offering a PhD fellowship in behavioural neuroscience starting 1st May
2022 or as soon as possible.
Our group and research
We are a systems neuroscience laboratory focusing on understanding the
mechanisms by which neural circuits and behaviors are affected by stress, to
better understand the etiology of mental disorders. Our expertise includes
behavioral assays, neuronal tracing, in vivo 2-photon calcium imaging of
large populations of neurons, opto/chemogenetic and we have access to cutting-
edge microscopy facilities (including spinning disk and light sheet
microscopes). We use transparent, transgenic larval zebrafish as a vertebrate
model amenable to whole brain imaging at cellular resolution in vivo.
You will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Florence Kermen and
receive active support in designing, discussing and publishing the results of
your research project.
We are located in beautiful and well-connected Copenhagen. Frequent scientific
and social events at the institute contribute to a collaborative and enjoyable
You will use repeated stressor exposure or pharmacological manipulation of
stress level, combined with quantitative behavioral assays and physiological
measurements to characterize the susceptibility to stress in the zebrafish.
Following this, you will use neurophysiological approaches
(immunohistochemistry, in vivo calcium imaging) to investigate the neural
adaptations taking place in resilient vs vulnerable subpopulations.
Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Florence Kermen,
Department of Neuroscience, E-mail: email@example.com, Direct Phone:
Start: 1st May 2022 or as soon as possible
Duration: 3 years as a PhD student
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
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 documented qualifications corresponding to a master's
degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. human biology,
neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology, animal physiology, veterinary
medicine, biomedicine, or medicine. Please note that your master's degree must
be equivalent to a Danish master's degree (two years).
Other important criteria are:
A high grade point average achieved
A valid FELASA C certificate
A strong interest in scientific research and stress neurobiology and prior
experience with practical lab work
The ability to work in a structured manner, with strong self-motivation
and in collaboration with others.
Professional qualifications, publications and work experience relevant to
the PhD project
Proficiency in written and spoken English
Place of employment
The place of employment is at 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, zebrafish
research facility, and microscopy facility https: // cfim.ku.dk/.
Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.
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 Finance 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.
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the
principal supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
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, research experience, language skills and the contact
details of 2 academic references
3. Master of Science diploma and grade transcript (Bachelor & master). If
the master is not yet completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent
transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or
4. A copy of your Master's thesis. If the thesis is ongoing, a draft or a 1
page summary of your work.
5. Publication list (if relevant), including a brief description of your
contributions to joint works.
Application deadline: 15th February 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
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
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.
Interviews are expected to be held in week 11.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500
students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field
of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge
sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular
studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future
through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients
and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the
surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to
apply for the position.