PhD fellowship in Translational Neuroscience at the Department of Neuroscience

We are offering a PhD fellowship in Translational Neuroscience commencing 1 October, 2024 or soon thereafter. The research will take place at the Department of Neuroscience ( at University of Copenhagen in the lab of Professor Jens Mikkelsen (Jens Holm Mikkelsen (, located at the Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet.


Our group and research

Our research team works on synaptic plasticity and neuroinflammation in the human brain and in animal and cellular models. We use tissues and cells from the human brain and from animal models of epilepsy to examine biomarkers that change in response to seizures. We have strong collaboration with clinical epilepsy (Professor, Lars Pinborg) and other academic groups and pharmaceutical industry. The research team consists of post- and predoctoral researchers, as well as master students.


Project description

We are seeking a motivated and competent student to join our research team that is interested in cellular changes in epileptogenesis. The focus is to identify the cellular circuits that change under the epileptogenesis, and investigate the behavioral consequences of these changes. You will be conducting experimental laboratory work using a number of well-established technologies. These spans from standard methods of measuring proteins and mRNA to more advanced methods using MERFISH technology to directly map and quantify the spatial distribution of hundreds of RNA species in individual cells.

The successful applicant will join a thriving international neuroscience environment. The applicant will be the major participant in all aspects of the project, from designing and performing experiments, developing technical advances, performing data analysis, and presenting the results.


Principal supervisor is Professor, Jens Mikkelsen, Department of Neuroscience,, and co-supervisor is Professor Lars Pinborg, Epilepsy Clinic, Department of Clinical medicine

Duration: 3 years.


Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision. 
  • Conduct laboratory work of high quality.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Communicating research from own experiments and the literature to the team
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project


Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g., Neuroscience or Molecular biomedicine. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved, and the master project
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Written and spoken English skills
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Ability to work in teams


Place of employment

You will be employed at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, but experimental work will also be conducted at the Neurobiology research unit, Rigshospitalet. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.


Living in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a fantastic city and a wonderful living experience, and it has consistently been ranked among the world’s best cities to live in. Our lab is located centrally in the neighborhood Nørrebro, which recently was ranked as the world’s coolest neighborhood by Time Out Magazine. University of Copenhagen has an International staff mobility program to help accommodate international researchers with practical matters, before arrival such as with residence permit, housing, and childcare/school as well as during the stay with salary, tax, pension, insurance, banking as well as getting accustomed with language and culture.


Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The PhD position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The start date is 1 October, 2024 or after agreement.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 30,700 DKK/Roughly 4,100 EUR (April 2024 level) plus pension.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:


Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)


Application deadline: 5 August, 2024, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.


The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You find information about the recruitment process at:

The applicants 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 wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.



Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.


Ansøgningsfrist: 05-08-2024
Ansættelsesdato: 01-10-2024
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Neuroscience

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