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PhD stipend in dopamine disease models

A time-limited 3-year PhD position at Section for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience is available as soon as possible. The aim of the project is to investigate new genetic mouse models for dopamine-related disease such as parkinsonism, ADHA and autism.


The PhD student will work with mouse disease models for dopaminergic pathologies. Specifically, the studies will involve knock-in mice expressing disease-associated mutations in the dopamine transporter. The investigations aims to identify disease relevant mechanisms by use of of a broad spectrum of mouse behavioral models, as well as in vitro analyses (e.g. immunohistochemistry, microscopy, autoradiography, electrophysiology, biochemical assays, pharmacological assays, microdialysis etc.)   


In connection with the appointment to the post, special importance will be attached to the applicant having the following professional and personal qualifications:


  • A Master’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, human biology or in an equivalent area
  • Experience with mouse behavioral models relevant for neuropsychiatric diseases
  • Experience with pharmacological assays relevant to neurotransmitter transport proteins (uptake and binding assays)
  • Experience with handling of genetic mouse models
  • Experience with microscopy and immunohistochemistry
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral


All highly motivated and ambitious candidates, regardless of their personal background and status, are encouraged to apply.


The position is offered for a period of three years and employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). In addition to research activities, the PhD candidate will be expected – during the period of the stipend – to acquire experience in teaching and/or other types of presentations.


For further information, please contact Professor Ulrik Gether, e-mail:

You can apply by clicking Apply Now below.


The application must include following appendices:

  • A letter of motivation

  • A current curriculum vitae

  • Copies of relevant diplomas

  • A complete list of publications (if any)


The deadline for applications is July 28th 2017. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.


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 


The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background


The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark’s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology.



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.


Ulrik Gether


Application deadline: 28-07-2017
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Center for Neuroscience

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