Job ID: 58987

Postdoctoral Fellows at Copenhagen

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 13 September 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 January 2022

Contract Length: 24 months

City: Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Institution: University of Copenhagen

Department: Department of Neuroscience

Description:

We are looking for an excellent scientist (MD/PhD or PhD) with a high potential for developing an internationally recognized research agenda in neuroscience focused on the brain mechanism of the next generation bionic cortical implant. The overarching aim of the project is to restore vision for the blinds. This project runs in collaboration with Harvard University and Technical University of Denmark (DTU). You will be working with Assistant Professor Changsi Cai and Professor Martin Lauritzen.

The appointment is for 2 years with the possibility of extension, starting tentatively from 1 January 2022 or soon thereafter.

Information on the department can be found at https://in.ku.dk/.

Our research

60 million people are blind world widely. Despite major advances in treatments including surgeries and medications, many patients remain incurable. In this project, we will develop the next generation bionic device to stimulate the existing visual neurons, so that the brain sees again by artificial visual perceptions. We further envision an intriguing potential to extend it to treat other neurological disorders.

This project is an interdisciplinary and intercontinental collaboration of experts from vision, neuroscience and neural engineering. To overcome the fundamental limitation of the conventional visual prosthesis, we will develop the next generation cortical implant for vision restoration. Our neuroscience group will collaborate with Harvard University, and Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

The research focus of our group is on brain mechanism of sensory rehabilitation, brain vascular disease and application of neurophotonics to brain imaging. It builds upon our extensive experience and cutting-edge work on calcium signaling in neurons and astrocytes, and vascular cell activities. The applicant is expected to work with two-photon microscopy in the mouse visual cortex in both anesthetized and freely-running awake states.

Information about our research labs can be found at:

https://in.ku.dk/research/cai-lab/

https://in.ku.dk/research/lauritzen-lab/

Your job

We strive to implant the bionic device in the living mouse brain, examine brain responses and unveil its underlying biological mechanism. We will examine the brain cellular and vascular activities by state-of-art in vivo fluorescent microscopy, as well as mouse behavior.

Your tasks would be:

    1. Implant the bionic device in anesthetized mouse with acute cranial window or awake mouse with chronic cranial window.
    2. Use two-photon fluorescent microscopy as a main tool to study brain cellular and vascular responses.
    3. Simple animal behavior study.
    4. Test efficacy of different bionic designs and feedback to Harvard and DTU collaborator.
    5. Analyze data, write and publish high quality papers.
    6. Write project reports, and participate in project meetings.
    7. Co-supervise bachelor, master, and PhD students.

 

Profile

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

    • PhD or equivalent degree in neuroscience, medical science or biomedical engineering or a related field, that is obtained after 2016.
    • Experience in rodent brain in vivo studies.
    • Good English communication skills, both spoken and written.

 

Desirable experience and skills:

    • Prior experience in 2-photon microscopy imaging in live mice and / or visual cortex.
    • Experience in Matlab programming and computational data analysis.
    • Technical skills in real time data acquisition and instrumentation control is a plus
    • Excellent scientific track record.
    • An analytical aptitude of devising innovative scientific or technical solutions
    • Demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence

 

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The lab is located at the 4th floor of Maersk Tower, a landmark of Copenhagen city. We provide world-class modern research facilities and beautiful office window view of the entire Copenhagen inner city. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years with the possibility of extension. Starting date is 1 January 2022 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,890 DKK/ approx. 4,690 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities of December 11, 2019.

Questions

For further information please contact Assistant Professor Changsi Cai on ccai@sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English via our university application system.

https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=154170

Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments, and all in PDF format:

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. two pages).
    2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position. Please specify your GPAs.
    3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
    4. List of publications.
    5. 3 references including e-mails and contacts.
    6. 1-3 signature papers in PDF, preferably first author papers.

 

Application deadline: 13 September 2021, 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. 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in September and October 2021.