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Research Assistant to Center for Basic and Translational Neuroscience

Research Assistant to Center for Basic and Translational Neuroscience – Division of Glial Disease and Therapeutics


A Research Assistant position is available at the Center for Basic and Translational Neuroscience (CTN) at the University of Copenhagen, located at the Panum Institute. The position is open for 1 year with the possibility of extension.


Description of the research team:

The research focus in the division is on the basic biology of glial cells in the central nervous system, specifically astrocytes, and their role in several neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, tremor, ALS, depression and schizophrenia.


Description of the project:

Most neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), are linked with the accumulation of misfolded or hyperphosphorylated proteins. The discovery of a novel macroscopic clearance system – the brain glymphatics – posit the existence of a functional drainage system that can transport proteins and extracellular fluid from the brain in a manner similar to peripheral organs. For this position, the specific focus is the determination of glymphatics efflux pathways – as well as its connections to the peripheral lymphatics.


Our research is aimed at providing new insights into how normal aging and AD affect

glymphatic clearance. By the identification of bottlenecks on glymphatic clearance, we sought to delineate therapeutic strategies to ameliorate clearance and minimize neural function impairment.


We are looking for a highly motivated person to perform primarily surgeries in rodents (mice and rats) in order to track glymphatic dynamics and efflux pathways, histology and imaging processing.


      The work flow:

  • Glymphatic system analysis: injection of CSF tracers, tissue harvesting and histology

  • Image processing


  • It is a requirement that candidates for the Research Assistant position hold a

    Master’s degree, preferably in Human Biology, Biology or Biochemistry.

  • Experience with image processing (advanced knowledge of FIJI/ImageJ)

  • Proven experience with data processing in cellular biology and/or anatomy is an


  • Good communication skills in English, both orally and written.


    Place of employment

    The employment is at CTN, located at Panum Institute at the University of Copenhagen. The center is newly established and has well equipped laboratories with excellent facilities within neuroscience.


    Terms of employment

    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.


    Application procedure:

    The application must be submitted in English by clicking “Apply online” below.

    It must include the following:

    •                     Curriculum vitae

    •                     Brief statement of research experience and interests

    •                     Reference contacts


    Application deadline:

    3 August 2017


    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. Information about the recruitment process can be found here:  


    Further information about the Division of Glial Disease and Therapeutics can be found at:


    Inquiries about the position can be made to Dr. Anna Xavier:





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.


Anna Lenice Ribeiro Xavier


Application deadline: 03-08-2017
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Center for Basic and Translational Neuroscience

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