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PhD scholarship in Molecular Neurobiology

A 3-year Ph.D. position to be filled as soon as possible is available at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, to work on the molecular neurobiology of the placozoan Trichoplax adhaerens. T. adhaerens is the only known representative of a very old and primitive animal phylum, the Placozoa. Nothing is known about the nervous system of T. adhaerens, although from analyzing its genome, it is clear that this primitive animal produces neuropeptides, meaning that neurons must be present. To investigate the existence of this unknown nervous system will be the topic of this Ph.D. project.

The techniques to be used are: Bioinformatics, genomics, molecular cloning techniques, mammalian cell culture, transfection of cell lines in cell culture, cell-based bioassays of GPCRs, in situ hybridization, whole mount immunocytochemistry, and bio-imaging. We are looking for a young ambitious researcher with a finished M.Sc. study in biology, molecular medicine, or biochemistry and with a strong interest in molecular neurobiology and the evolution of the nervous system. Previous experience with one or more of the above-mentioned techniques, including molecular biology and cell culture, is an asset for this position, as well as high university marks.

  • MSc degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or similar.
  • Very high university marks
  • Experience with molecular biology and cell culture and, if possible, one or more of the above-mentioned techniques.
  • Ambition, commitment, and scientific creativity.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
The application must contain:
  • A letter stating the qualifications of the applicant  (max 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Copy of Bachelor and Master diplomas and transcripts andother relevant certificates, including grades
  • Contact details (telephone #) of at least two persons for references
Procedures and shortlisting
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview 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 himself/herself.

The final selection of successful candidates will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. Successful candidates will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. For more information see:      

Terms of salary and employment
Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The starting annual salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 309.109 (April 2016 level) plus pension contribution, with the possibility for salary negotiation.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for the application is June 18, 2017

Applications received after the deadline or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements may not be considered. It is expected that the successful candidate will be enrolled at the PhD School of Science as soon as possible.

Further information
For further information on the project contact Professor Cornelis Grimmelikhuijzen, **Please do not post your application to this address**

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.


Cornelis Grimmelikhuijzen


Application deadline: 18-06-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-08-2017
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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