Job ID: 66044

PostDoc in Stress Neurophysiology in Copenhagen

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 15 February 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 April 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Institution: University of Copenhagen

Department: Department of Neuroscience


We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc for a 3-year position to investigate the effect of early-life stress on neuronal circuits.

Our research

We are a systems neuroscience laboratory focusing on understanding the mechanisms by which neural circuits and behaviors are affected by stress, to better understand the etiology of mental disorders. Our expertise includes behavioral assays, neuronal tracing, in vivo 2-photon calcium imaging of large populations of neurons, opto/chemogenetic and we have access to cutting edge microscopy facilities (including spinning disk and light sheet microscopes). We use transparent, transgenic larval zebrafish as a vertebrate model amenable to whole brain imaging at cellular resolution in vivo.

You will work directly with Associate Prof. Florence Kermen and in close collaboration with other team members. Frequent scientific and social events at the institute contribute to a collaborative and enjoyable work atmosphere. We are located in beautiful and well-connected Copenhagen.

Your job

In this project funded by the Lundbeck Foundation, your main task will be to determine the stress-induced changes in neural circuits of the zebrafish brain using immunohistochemistry, quantitative behavioural assays, pharmacology and in vivo calcium imaging. You will play a key role in establishing the imaging and data analysis protocols and have a large degree of freedom in shaping the project, based on your experience.

You will have the opportunity to grow your professional network by participating in relevant conferences. You will actively contribute to the team’s scientific goals by training/supervising junior scientists.

Your profile

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD and a strong track record (first-author publications or preprints) in Neuroscience or related field
  • You have documented expertise with light microscopy, calcium imaging and quantitative data analysis
  • You hold a valid FELASA C certificate
  • You have good scientific communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • You are proficient in English, written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Prior programming experience (Matlab, Python)
  • Experience with writing and publishing scientific articles
  • Experience with zebrafish or transgenic animals

The selected candidate will start on 1 April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


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