PhD Position in Neuropsychiatric Disease Models
University of Copenhagen Department of Neuroscience

PhD stipend in neuropsychiatric disease models

 PhD stipend in neuropsychiatric disease models

A time-limited 3-year PhD position at Department of Neuroscience is available as soon as possible

The aim of the project is to translate large scale exome data from patients with neuropsychiatric disease into novel disease models that allows for mechanistic investigations.

The PhD student will work on characterizing neurochemical and behavioral changes in novel mouse disease models for neuropsychiatric disease. Specifically, the PhD student will be part of establishing new genetic mouse models of mental disorders based on large scale exome sequencing data and investigate if disturbances in dopaminergic neurotransmission may underlie or arise from synaptic deficits elicited by knock-down, of disease susceptibility genes. The study will among other techniques use stereotactic surgery, immunohistochemistry, viral expression techniques, behavioural testing, and fast scan cyclic voltammetry.

In connection with the appointment to the post, special importance will be attached to the applicant having the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, human biology or in an equivalent area
  • Experience with stereotactic injections and surgery on mice
  • Experience with behavioral tests on mice that are relevant for neuropsychiatric disease
  • Knowledge about or experience within the dopamine field
  • Experience with viral delivery systems (e.g. AAV)
  • Experience with microscopy and immunohistochemistry
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

All highly motivated, ambitious, and curious candidates, regardless of their personal background and status, are encouraged to apply.

Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It 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 Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

In addition to research activities, the PhD candidate will be expected – during the period of the stipend – to acquire experience in teaching and/or other types of presentations.


For further information, please contact Professor Ulrik Gether, e-mail:   

You can apply by clicking Apply Now below.

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

  • A letter of motivation
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Copies of relevant diplomas
  • A complete list of publications (if any)

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2020. Any applications received after this time 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 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 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 wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background

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.



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.


Ulrik Gether


Application deadline: 20-01-2020
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Neuroscience

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