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PhD fellowship in subcellular targeting of optogenetic probes

One PhD fellowship in subcellular targeting of optogenetic probes is available at Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The fellowship is available from March 1st, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.  
The project  
Optogenetics is a powerful biological technique that allows scientists to track and manipulate neuronal activity leading to unprecedented insight into neuronal functions. This project aims to extend the optogenetic toolbox by generating a wide palette of optogenetic probes that display specific subcellular localizations in neurons. 
Scientific environment  
The candidate will be part of the Membrane Trafficking group headed by Associate Professor Hanne Borger Rasmussen. The Membrane Trafficking group is embedded within the Ion Channel Group at Department of Biomedical Sciences. We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on ion channel research. The research focus of the Membrane Trafficking group is on the subcellular organization of ion channels in neurons, how this organization is established and regulated and how deficits in ion channel organization contribute to neurological disease. The specific project is conducted in close collaboration with a research laboratory at University of California (UC) Davis, California, USA and 6-12 months of the PhD project is to be carried out at UC Davis. 
Your key tasks  
Carry through the described research project under supervision 
Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points 
Participate in active research environments including a stay of 6-12 months at UC Davis, California, USA 
Conduct teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project 
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates 
The successful candidate will have a masters’ degree (or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related. Experimental laboratory experience and proficiency in both written and spoken English is required, and candidates with international publications and experience related to the research topics of the position outlined above will be given preference. Further, part of the research project is to be conducted at UC Davis, California, USA, thus an international mindset is expected. 
Other selection criteria considered important
  • The grade point average achieved  
  • A genuine interest in neuroscience and strong work ethics  
  • Strong motivation and excellent scientific skills  
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written. 
  • Experience with one or more of the following techniques/topics is an advantage: molecular cloning techniques, neuronal cell culture, electrophysiology, confocal imaging, optogenetic probes, neuronal cell biology research 
Place of employment 
Department of Biomedical Sciences, The Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen.  
Formal requirements 
The appointment as a PhD fellow is fulltime for 3 years. It is conditioned upon the candidate’s success­ful enrolment in the PhD school at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.  
The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’s rules on achieving the degree. 
Terms of employment 
Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.886,84 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (October 2018-level) plus pension.  
Further information may be obtained from Associate Hanne Borger Rasmussen: For administrative questions, please contact HR:  
You can read more about the Membrane Trafficking Group at 
You can read more about the Department of Biomedical Sciences at

Application procedure 
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:   
  • Application (cover letter)  
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position 
  • Copy of MSc diploma and grade transcripts.  
  • List of publications  
  • Contact details for two referees 
Application deadline:  27 January 2019  
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.  
The further process 
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 applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.   
The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.  
General information about PhD programs at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website.  
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. 


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Application deadline: 27-01-2019
Employment start: 01-03-2019
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: BMI

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