Postdoc position at The Translational Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Neuroscience University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Denmark

Postdoc position at The Translational Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Neuroscience

 

We seek an excellent scientist (MD/PhD or PhD) with a high potential for developing an internationally recognized research agenda in neuroscience focused on the physiology of brain blood flow regulation, brain electrical activity and oxygen consumption using 2-photon microscopy imaging. This project runs in collaboration with Dr.  Anna Devor at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), who is funded by the American BRAIN Initiative. The applicant must be prepared to spend up to 50% of their time at UCSD to learn novel microscopic imaging technologies developed at UCSD. The appointment is for 3 years.  The ideal candidate should be able to conduct independent and creative research, demonstrating scientific productivity and good collaboration skills. The University of Copenhagen encourages career development of its postdocs and the position carries an obligation to conduct some undergraduate teaching within the Medical School.

The research focus of the groups is on the control of the brain neurovascular unit, energy metabolism and application of neurophotonics to brain imaging. It builds upon our recent work on calcium signaling in neurons and astrocytes, brain organelles, brain capillaries and pericytes, and aging mechanisms. The collaborating UCSD lab develops and validates new optical tools for brain imaging applicable to animal research. At UCPH, we apply the technologies to physiological studies of regulation of brain blood flow and neuroenergetics.  The applicants are expected to work with 2-photon microscopy in the mouse cerebral cortex. 

 

Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent degree in natural or medical science

  • Excellent scientific track record

  • High-level user and developer of 2-photon microscopy imaging applications in live mice

  • Experience in Matlab or Python programming and computational data analysis

  • Technical skills in real time data acquisition and instrumentation control

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written

  • An analytical aptitude of devising innovative scientific or technical solutions

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence

Employment conditions

The positions are funded by the Lundbeck Foundation.  Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The position will be at the level of postdoc, and the salary will be according to ‘Overenskomst mellem staten og AC’. In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus we encourage all - regardless of their personal background and status - to apply. The tentative start date for the post-doc position is 1 September 2019.

Background for the collaboration with UCSD

‘The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at the development of experimental and computational tools that would revolutionize our understanding of the human brain’ (https://www.braininitiative.nih.gov/). 

The current project is a collaboration between Associate Professor Anna Devor and her team at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) and the Lauritzen team at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).   The collaboration with UCSD, under the umbrella of the NIH BRAIN Initiative, will make sure that new developments in neurophotonics will be available at UCPH. The project is expected to: 1) advance our understanding of cerebrovascular control and 2) bring young Danish neuroscientists at the forefront of neuroscience and enable them to carry on the in long-standing tradition of brain research in Denmark.

Questions

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Martin Lauritzen on tel. (+45) 24841840, or mlauritz@sund.ku.dk  

To apply

Please send your application, resume, as well as names and contact details of referees electronically by clicking "Apply online" below. The closing date for applications is 22 August 2019.

Following processing of the application, any application material sent will be destroyed.

Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged, but the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.

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. www.ku.dk/english/.


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