Faculty Position at UCPH University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Assistant Professor of Sleep-Arousal Transitions during Sleep – UCPH, Denmark, Mar 2022


The University of Copenhagen invites applications for an Assistant Professor position focus on the research of how wake-promoting factors use astrocytes to modulate sleep-wake transitions, at the Center for Translational Neuromedicine, Denmark – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jun 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Center for Translational Neuromedicine

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Neuroscience, Neurobiology or equivalent
  • You are highly experienced in in vivo fluorescent imaging, rodent microsurgery, EEG, behavioural studies and sleep.
  • You have an active interest in the neuro-glia interaction during awake and sleep conditions.
  • You have teaching experience within Neuroscience, Neurobiology and Cell Biology
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Knowledge on slice electrophysiology
  • Experience on optogenetics
  • Experience on local infusion of drugs
  • Knowledge on genetically encoded indicators and sensors
  • Knowledge on transgenic mouse models relevant to glia biology
  • Knowledge on technologies related to studying fluorescent signalling in freely moving mice.
  • Experience on training of students

Responsibilities/Job Description

Our research group

Center for Translational Neuromedicine currently has 50 employees and students and is divided into 3 labs. CTN is characterized by a highly ambitious research environment. The PhD Fellow will be part of the Nedergaard lab, primarily.   Being part of the Nedergaard lab offers an opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary lab engaged in neuroscience with a focus on the basic biology of glial cells in the CNS and the role of astrocytes in several neurological diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, tremor, and ALS. Research is aimed at defining new strategies for the treatment of neurological diseases that target astrocytic dysfunction.CTN is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and is located at Panum. The Center comprises modern laboratories and excellent facilities within neuroscience. The project that we are recruiting for focuses on glial and vascular dynamics driving fluid fluxes in the rodent brain using multiple optical imaging approaches and CT scanning.

Information on the department can be found at: www.ctn.ku.dk.

Your job

Sleep is not homogenous, but composed of microstructural domains that regulate restorative and arousal-related functions. We seek a candidate that can investigate how arousal during sleep shape performance levels through impacts on memory-promoting segments of sleep as well as clearance through fluid movement.

Your tasks would be to set up and perform in vivo fluorescent imaging in freely moving sleeping mice and measure the activity of arousal-promoting neural circuits as well as fluid movements during the different sleep phases as well as sleep-wake transitions. Also, you are expected to train and mentor students at Master level.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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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:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate.

4. List of publications

Application deadline: 22 March 2022

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. Only online applications are accepted.

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://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

About the Employer:

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Place of employment

The place of employment is at Center for Translational Neuromedicine, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.

Terms of employment

The employment as assistant professor is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is in  June, 2022 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,800 DKK/ approx. 4,900 Euro (October 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 June 28, 2013.

The successful applicant will refer to PI Maiken Nedergaard.

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Contact details

For further information please contact Center Administrator Ann Christensen, [email protected].

International applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

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