Post-Doc in Motor Control, Brain Plasticity and Aging

The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports (UCPH), Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark is seeking a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow. The 3-year position will be filled on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible after that.

Information about NEXS can be found at       

About Us
The Movement & Neuroscience research group is part of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS). The groups' research is focusing on neural mechanisms of motor control, motor learning, and brain plasticity across the human life span. Currently, the group includes three associate professors, two post-docs, and seven PhD-students. 

Job Description: 
The position is part of a multi-year project investigating dynamic reconfigurations in large-scale brain networks. The project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) under the Sapere Aude Research Leader program (PI: Anke Karabanov). As part of the project, the postdoc will investigate how age impacts the flexibility and stability of brain networks during the acquisition of a new motor skill using functional magnetic resonance imaging and graph theory analysis. The experiments are conducted in close collaboration with the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Hvidovre Hospital. The postdoc will pilot and run fMRI experiments and analyze their results. Experiments will focus on the acquisition of a novel fine motor skill but will also include testing of cognitive performance and physical fitness. Results from the project are expected to appear in reputable academic journals and to be communicated to key stakeholders in the wider society. In addition to the research tasks, the postdoc will contribute to the research environment at NEXS and DRCMR through participation in research seminars and scientific discussions. The postdoc will also take an active role in teaching duties in human neurophysiology courses and co-supervision of bachelor's and master’s theses.

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Human Physiology, NeurosciencePsychology, Biomedical Science, or similar. The successful candidate also has experience within motor control and/or neuroscience of aging and is familiar with conducting and analyzing neuroimaging experiments – preferably using fMRIAdditionally, the candidate should have strong analytical data skills and ainterest in brain plasticity, learning, physical activity, and aging.

Further information on the department, research group, and research project can be found online: Department:

Research Group:


Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Anke Karabanov. 

The position is open from the 1st of October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a 3-year contract.

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

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 DKK 437.843 including an annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for a salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include 

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and Ph.D. degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Monday 31 May 2021, 23:59 GMT +1. 

Interviews will be held in week 24-26 June 2021.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.
You can read about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the position, please contact 
Anke Ninija Karabanov, Department of Nutrition, Exercise & Sports,, Direct Phone: +45 35 32 80 39.


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.


Anke Ninija Karabanov


Application deadline: 30-05-2021
Employment start: 01-10-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
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