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PhD scholarship at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen: Research on Cognitive Pharmacology

 Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.

Deadline for applications 15 June 2017. Employment is scheduled to begin on 15 August 2017 or according to agreement.

The PhD project involves experimental research on the cognitive effects of neuropharmacological substances (e.g., methylphenidate) in healthy participants.

The PhD scholarship is part of the “Attention, impulsivity and monoamines” project, which is supported by the Lundbeck Foundation, and combines cognitive and basic neuroscience research to understand the relation between attentional and response-related control processes and the brain’s dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems.

Information about the Ph.D. programme at the Department of Psychology is available on:

For further information contact Associate Professor Signe Vangkilde: or Professor Thomas Habekost: You will also find information on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:

In English: 
In Danish 


  • The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.
  • We primarily seek applicants with an educational background as psychologists or medical doctors, but other candidates may also be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Special importance will be attached to the applicant’s competence and motivation for doing experimental and cognitive research with biomedical aspects.
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

Application process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment by the Appointments Committee (shortlisting). All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed on for assessment or not. The shortlisting will be based on the qualifications and knowledge in relevant aspects, as well as on the motivation of the applicants. Shortlisted applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant her-/himself. You can read about the recruitment process at

The scholarship is offered in the 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year master’s degree programme or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the specific study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can for instance include teaching.

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

The application must be in English and include: 

  • A curriculum vitae – including description of prior research experience (including publications) and full contact details.
  • A letter of motivation (max 2 pages).
  • Copies of relevant diplomas 
The application must be submitted electronically no later than 15 June 2017.

Information about enclosures to include with your electronic application is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: (in English) and (in Danish)

Please note that for this PhD position you are NOT required to submit a project description. Instead you must upload the above-mentioned letter of motivation in the category “Project description”. 

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected in one file.
Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.
Please note: Applications sent by regular mail or by e-mail will not be accepted.


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.


Professor Thomas Habekost


Application deadline: 15-06-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 15-08-2017
Department/Location: Department of Psychology

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