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Assistant Professor in Neurosciences

The University of Copenhagen seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Neurosciences with a special focus on neural stem/glial progenitor cells and neurodegenerative disorders, to Section for Translational Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. 
The selected candidate will be responsible for establishing their own independent research program funded by extramural grants, with a specific research focus on in vitro and in vivo modeling of human neurodegenerative disorders using human pluripotent stem cells.  Preference will be given to candidates with a record of innovative research and collaboration. 
The position is open for 2 years. Starting date is 1 September 2017.

The successful candidate will possess: 
  • A PhD in neuroscience or neural cell biology, or an MD with equivalent academic qualifications, and at least 3 years postdoctoral experience 
  • Extensive experience in human embryonic /pluripotent stem cell (hESCs and iPSCs) models of neural and/or glial disease 
  • Significant bench expertise in fluorescence-activated cell sorting and cytometry, as well as in RNA extraction and sequencing, cDNA library preparation, and bioinformatic analysis, and preferably with some single-cell sorting and RNA experience 
  • A significant publication record 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to both work with and teach others in a collegial and highly international team atmosphere 

Job description 

General duties attached to the position as Assistant Professor: 
  • Research within the area of developmental neurobiology with a special focus on in vitro and in vivo modeling of neurological diseases using hESCs and iPSCs  
  • Teaching or training experience, supervision and examination of undergraduate and post-graduate fellows 
  • Development of extramurally funded research programs 
  • Creating and contributing to further internationalization of the center, with regards to both training/teaching and research 
  • Knowledge sharing with the rest of the community  
Preference will be given to candidates working in the areas of neurological diseases and human embryonic stem cell biology. We are particularly interested in investigators with a basic research program that interfaces with existing strengths in developmental neurobiology and glial progenitor cell biology, genomics, and translational neurodegeneration. Utilization of modern experimental approaches together with small animal models is a requirement. Preference will be given to candidates who study molecular and cellular aspects of both normal and disease-derived glial precursor cells, using both in vitro and in vivo methods. Candidates with strong expertise background in neural/glial stem cell culture, flow cytometry analysis (FACS) and cell sorting, stem cell intracranial transplantation, in vivo imagining, microscopy, stereology and molecular biology will be preferred. 
Place of employment 
The employment is at Section for Translational Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience, located at Panum, Copenhagen. The center comprises modern laboratories and excellent facilities within neuroscience. Seminars with high-profile international speakers are organized within the center. 
Further information on the Section can be found at http://ctn.ku.dk/ Inquiries about the position can be made to Administrator Ann Christensen, ann.christensen@sund.ku.dk  
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. 
The starting salary is currently up to gross DKK 412,800 annually (+ pension contribution of 17.1 %). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Assessment material 
• Curriculum vitae 
• Diplomas – all relevant certificates 
• List of publications 
• Research profile 
• Publications to be considered in the assessment (max. 5) 
• Documentation of teaching experience and evaluation, supervisory activities and pedagogical training (if  any) 
• Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society at large (if 
Application procedure  
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. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 
The deadline for applications 27th of June 2017. 
For more information about the recruitment process: http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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.


Application deadline: 27-06-2017
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Employment type: Fixed-term employment
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Center for Neuroscience

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