Job ID: 66048

PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in Copenhagen

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 15 February 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 May 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Institution: University of Copenhagen

Department: Department of Neuroscience


We are offering a 3-year PhD fellowship in behavioural neuroscience starting 1st May 2022 or as soon as possible.


Our group and 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 under the supervision of Associate Professor Florence Kermen and receive active support in designing, discussing and publishing the results of your research project.

We are located in beautiful and well-connected Copenhagen. Frequent scientific and social events at the institute contribute to a collaborative and enjoyable work atmosphere.


Project description

You will use repeated stressor exposure or pharmacological manipulation of stress level, combined with quantitative behavioral assays and physiological measurements to characterize the susceptibility to stress in the zebrafish. Following this, you will use neurophysiological approaches (immunohistochemistry, in vivo calcium imaging) to investigate the neural adaptations taking place in resilient vs vulnerable subpopulations.


Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have documented qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. human biology, neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology, animal physiology, veterinary medicine, biomedicine, or medicine. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).

Other important criteria are:

  • A high grade point average achieved
  • A valid FELASA C certificate
  • A strong interest in scientific research and stress neurobiology and prior experience with practical lab work
  • The ability to work in a structured manner, with strong self-motivation and in collaboration with others.
  • Professional qualifications, publications and work experience relevant to the PhD project
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English


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