Postdoctoral fellow in systems motor neuroscience - Kiehn Lab

Copenhagen University


June 19, 2022


A 3-year postdoctoral fellowship is available in the laboratory of Professor Ole Kiehn at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The lab focus is to understand the mechanisms by which neurons and neuronal circuits operate and integrate to generate and control movements. The aim of the project is to investigate and understand the contribution of distinct supraspinal neuronal circuits to movement in mammals.

Scientific environment

This postdoctoral position offers the opportunity to work in a creative and international environment, focusing on functional operation of neuronal networks controlling movements as well as pathophysiological aspects of motor control at supraspinal and spinal levels (https: // kiehn/). The laboratory is part of the Department of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The department consists of more than 25 research groups working within different areas of neuroscience (https: //

The position

The posted postdoctoral position focuses on experimentally investigating the role of supraspinal neuronal circuits in motor control and movements. The experimental approach relies heavily on in vivo techniques, such as mouse genetics, stereotaxic surgeries, electrophysiology, imaging, optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations, and viral tracing strategies. Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.


In the assessment of qualifications, we will emphasize the perceived research potential of the applicant and the relevance of previous research experience. We are looking for a candidate possessing the following professional and personal qualifications:

Essential experience and skills:

  • PhD degree in neuroscience, or the equivalent hereof
  • High-quality contributions to neuroscience from PhD
  • An interest in motor neuroscience and the research questions addressed by the group
  • Experience with in vivo or in vitro electrophysiology experiments and data analysis
  • Well-developed collaborative skills and a strong motivation to contribute to a working environment that is both productive and pleasant for all members of the group.
  • Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with behavioral in vivo expriments
  • Applicants should have published peer-reviewed research in neuroscience at a high international level. If the PhD degree has not been obtained by the application deadline, the recommendation letter from the PhD supervisor must state that the when the applicant is expected to submit the PhD.

    Place of employment

    The place of employment is at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Our research facilities include modern laboratories in the Mærsk Tower and in the Panum Institute.

    Terms of employment and salary

    The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

    The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The starting date is 1 September 2022.

    Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,600 DKK/approx. 4,700 EUR (April 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

    Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

    Questions For further information please contact Ole Kiehn, or Ima Mustafic,

    Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www. (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.
  • Deadline for applications: 19 June 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 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 https: //

    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 wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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